LAS COLL INSIDE: THE NEWSLETTER OF LASELL COLLEGE SPRING 2003 Message from the President 2 New Board Chairman 3 French Library Partnership 3 People at Lasell 4-7 Campus Update 8-14 Annual Fund 15 Alumni News & Events 16-17 Lasell Village 18-19 Bragdon II Campaign 20-21 Sports News 22-24 Class Notes Inside JOAN BENOIT SAMUELSON Joan Benoit Samuelson, acclaimed pioneer of women'; marathoning, will speak and receive an honorary degree at Lasell's Commencement Ceremony, Sunday, 18. 0£. iu oo 0° 9 z b o s CD rv- Q 'J in ft W H in a C'J i '■£> C'J a ' 2: "D(rj Q) m at fij !_■— *"TJ piC UfJL £T. _> • Ji > < 2 S o ;= z =3 o 1 The $5 Million Campaign For Bragdon Gets $1 Million Challenge B RAGDON — THAT VENERABLE OLD BUILDING ON THE HILL — IS RISING ONCE again. Today, thanks to a $5 million mini-campaign recently launched by the College, the hill upon which Bragdon once stood has been reconfigured to serve as home for the new Bragdon, a handsome 60-bed residence hall designed to sustain the College's aggressive investment in the academic infrastructure and support the dramatic and ongoing growth in enrollment. This mini-campaign comes on the heels of the very successful first multi-million-dollar capital campaign ever undertaken by Lasell. During the "Lasell 150" campaign, more than $18 million was raised — a monumental accom- plishment for an institution with a relatively "young" fundraising program. "It is one thing to raise money when the econ- omy is booming, and the stock market is on the rise. It is another story when the stock market has been consistently declining," says Ruth Shuman, Dean for Institutional Advancement. Two very special benefactors of this institution understand how important the Bragdon project is to the growth strategy at Lasell College. At the January 2003 Board of Trustees meeting, Jean Sargent Lee '49, Chairman of the "Campaign for Bragdon," announced that Joan Weiler Arnow '49 and Bob Arnow have offered an extraordinary challenge to the "Campaign for Bragdon." They are willing to contribute $1 million to the Cam- paign if Lasell can raise an additional $1 million in gifts. The challenge is open to all alumni and friends of the College. "I will personally let Joan and Bob know how much we all appreciate their generosity and leadership," Lee said. "The two have consistently helped us raise the bar in our fundraising efforts at Lasell College." "The Institutional Advancement staff has its work cut out for it in the months ahead," Dean Shuman says. "But with everyone's help we can reach this goal within the next two years." **■ FINAL RE-ACCREDITATION REPORT EXPECTED APRIL 24 Initial Report from NEASC Celebrates Lasell's Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Growth By Jim Ostrow, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs UnCE EVERY 10 YEARS, LASELL COLLEGE UNDERGOES AN INTENSIVE, institution-wide accreditation review by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accreditation agency for more than 200 colleges and universities in the six New England states. Accreditation is voluntary, non-governmental, and self -regulatory, and serves the dual purposes of quality assurance and quality improvement. Lasell is now entering the final phase of a re- accreditation process that began two-and-one-half years ago, when we initiated our own internal review, or self-study. The self-study is Lasell's opportunity to scruti- nize every aspect of its operation to determine if the institution's offerings are up to or exceed stan- dards. It was presented to a visiting committee of educators appointed by NEASC's Commission. While at many other colleges, accreditation is often described as a burdensome process, fulfill- ing an institutional obligation but offering little in return, at Lasell the self-study has been an intensely rewarding process with clear benefits to the College. The team of eight assembled by NEASC for the visit this past November clearly reflects the Association's view that Lasell College has risen in stature significantly since the 1992 See NEASC REACCREDITATION continued on page 2 Lasell Focuses on New-Found Strengths Wth the economy struggling and the stock market in serious decline, many colleges and universities — large and small — are facing hard choices in the face of growing fiscal hardship. For many institutions, it is endowment income that supports operating budgets, so when real-world financial turmoil effects a serious decrease of that endowment, resources shrink and even evaporate. Such a bleak outlook is furthest from the reality at Lasell. The momentum that propels Lasell into a more secure era of institutional self-confidence and accomplishment has reinvigorated the College and its constituencies. The investments made during the past decade are paying significant dividends. As a small institution, we will always need to balance limited resources between investments to strengthen Lasell' s future, and our firm commitment to providing superior education to our students. Still, the challenge is not as daunting today as it has been in the past. Lasell has never been stronger financially, our enrollment has broken all records, and our build- ing program continues. For the first time in the history of Lasell, we enrolled more than 1,000 students this fall. We have consistently balanced our budgets. We are building the fourth new residence hall in as many years to accommodate the growing number of resident students. As a result, we launched the "Campaign for Bragdon" to raise the money necessary to build a 60-bed residence hall on the site of the original Bragdon Hall. I hope that you will consider a gift, large or small, to support this project that will impact many future generations of Lasell students. With Lasell's strong infrastructure firmly in place, we are now able to focus on capitalizing on newfound strengths by consolidating, improving, and refining Lasell's niche. The ultimate test of — and grade for — Lasell's emergence as a restored and revitalized educational institution comes from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accreditation agency for more than 200 colleges and universities in the six New England states. In November, an eight-person team from NEASC spent four days at Lasell in an intensive process that is part of our College's 10-year reaccreditation. Following their rigorous institutional examination, the visiting team concluded that Lasell is "a remarkably vibrant, engaged, innovative, increasingly selective, and growing institution." The faculty and staff at Lasell take great pride in the exciting initiatives in which they are involved — expanding academic offerings, devel- oping strong advising and "first year experience" programs, improved NCAA rankings for our ath- letic teams, and supporting the culture of "service learning" on campus. Alumni see the College's bold dreams come into reality. Still, there is no greater reward for so much hard work and plan- ning than an endorsement from a third-party entity, especially one as esteemed as NEASC. The renaissance at Lasell continues and I invite you back to campus to see it firsthand. **• Sincerely, Thomas E. J. de Witt, Ph.D. NEASC REACCREDITATION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 accreditation year. The group was composed of presidents, senior administrators, and faculty from some very fine New England colleges — Springfield, Providence, St. Michael's, Trinity College in Connecticut, Sacred Heart Universi- ty, Assumption, Bryant, and Champlain. One is not likely to read a more positive accreditation report ... the report celebrates our creativity, entrepreneurship, and growth, suggesting our self-study "reflects the spirit of innovation and collective learning that characterizes the institution." — Jim Ostrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs In its preliminary report, the team noted that Lasell College is a vibrant, engaged, innovative, increasingly selective and growing baccalaureate and graduate degree-granting institution. The visitors praised our facilities and information technology resources, and they were impressed especially with the excitement on campus. Students — including those who are residents at Lasell Village — were passionate and excited about their connected learning academics and co- curricular life. Staff, faculty, and members of our Board of Trustees demonstrated high levels of collegiality and commitment to Lasell and the success of its students. Lasell received the final team report in January. The report celebrates our creativity, entrepreneur- ship, and growth, suggesting our self-study "reflects the spirit of innovation and collective learning that characterizes the institution." One is not likely to read a more positive accreditation report, which also reflects our own agreement on what needs to be priorities for the institution — including hiring more full-time faculty, investing in our technology infrastructure, and continuously reviewing the adequacy of our human and physical resources as we continue to grow. President de Witt drafted Lasell's institutional response to the team report in early February. The President agreed with the report's emphasis on the importance of an enrollment-driven insti- tution such as ours engaging in carefully crafted and cautious financial planning. President de Witt and I look forward to our meeting with members of NEASC on April 24th, which will be followed soon after by official noti- fication of our accreditation status. >*• Michael A. Maggiacomo Elected Trustee JVXlCHAEL A. MAGGIACOMO, VICE PRESIDENT AND TEAM LEADER FOR Citizens Bank, Healthcare & Non-Profit Group, was elected a trustee to Lasell College in January 2003. Mr. Maggiacomo brings 11 years of experience in the banking industry, and eight years of corporate, health care, and non-profit lending experience to the Lasell Board. Currently, at Citizens Bank, Mr. Maggiacomo various local community organizations. At focuses primarily on middle-market healthcare, institutional, educational, and social service organizations. His team works with more than 150 clients having a total portfolio in excess of $400 million, including commercial loans, credit enhancement on bond issues, cash manage- ment, trust, and investment management ser- vices. Mr. Maggiacomo's charitable involvement includes work with the Massachusetts Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Peace of Mind Fund, and Boston Senior Home Care, he also serves as treasurer of the board of directors. Prior to join- ing Citizens in August of 1996, Mr. Maggiacomo worked in the Healthcare and Institutions divi- sions of Shawmut and Fleet Bank. A Northeastern University graduate, magna cum laude, Mr. Maggiacomo received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a dual concentration in Finance and International Business. *- 2 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 New Alliance Brings French to Lasell Campus L ARLEZ-VOUS FRANQAIS? IF NOT, THE OPPORTUNITY FOR learning the language is now available at Lasell, thanks to an exciting new partnership between the French Library and the College. French conversation can be heard in classrooms as adults and children in the Metro West area come to Lasell to learn the language for business, pleasure, travel or examinations in classes taught by faculty from the prestigious French Library and Cultural Center /Alliance Frangaise of Boston and Cambridge (FLCC/AFBC). Beginning in January, the College and FLCC/ AFBC started five separate French language courses, three for adults and two for children. "The courses are designed to bring new opportu- nities for educational enrichment to the College's campus and to our broader community," says Academic Vice President Jim Ostrow. "It is part of Lasell's increasing emphasis on art and culture as well as international programrrting." The children's courses are being held in Rock- well Nursery School. There is one section for three- to five-year-olds and another for six and seven-year-olds. As the children arrive, they happily take out some of the toys that are neatly stacked in the room, waiting for the two native French-speaking teachers to begin the class. When the teachers call out, "Bonjour, mes petits amis," the youngsters move to a round table and open their sticker workbooks. "It is so wonderful to have this opportunity with- out going into Boston," exclaims one of the par- ents. "Some of the children speak French at home and some don't, but the teach- ers talk to them as if they were on the same level. They all seem very com- fortable and they pick up languages so quickly." On the adult side, there are Beginning French, Low Intermediate French and Advanced Conver- sation classes. "We are delighted by this partnership, repre- senting two organizations in expansion and growth, "stated Elaine Uzan Leary, Executive Director of the FLCC/AFBC, and former Newton native. "With this collaboration we are able to expand and bring exciting services and programs to the communities outside of Boston." "Because of the welcome offered to us by Lasell," says Ellen Munley, Director of Education and Library Development at the FLCC, "not only are we able to offer our classes and programs to With the help of their teacher, young French students work busily. a larger audience, but Lasell will become an insti- tutional member of the FLCC/AFBC. This will provide students, faculty, and staff with the full benefit of our resources, which include a library of more than 20,000 titles, and 700 French films, making us the second largest private French library in the country." There is no longer any need to feel starved for French culture. The riches of la belle France have arrived on the Lasell campus. For more informa- tion, please call (617) 912-0400, or visit the French Library Web site at http://www.frenchlib.org. »• New Chairman of the Board Erik J. Stapper Expects to Learn as Well as Lead J.HERE ARE MANY TIES TFIAT BIND NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD ERIK Stapper to Lasell. A trustee of the College since January 2000, he also serves as a trustee of the Village, is a Village resident, and is married to Antoinette (Atch) Ruinen Stapper '56, a College Overseer. Taking on the role of College Board Chairman is a testament to his continuing commitment to Lasell. "I know it will be a real educational experience and it's one to which I am looking forward," he says. "You have to understand that at Lasell I'm used to being the accompanying person," laughs Chairman Stapper, as he looks at his alumna wife. "I first arrived on campus after meeting Atch when I was at Harvard. My plan had been to head over to Wellesley, but I never got that far." It was after coming back for Atch's 40th reunion that the Stappers became reconnected to Lasell, and when they learned about the develop- ment and construction of the Village, they decid- ed to make a priority deposit. "What really attracted us to this unique retirement community was the ongoing learning opportunity," he explains. A partner at Stapper & Van Doren, a New York City law firm, Erik Stapper is a tax lawyer who brings expertise in exempt organizations to Lasell. After graduating from Harvard, he attend- ed the Academy of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands, and two years later received his J.D. from the University of Michigan, where he was a Law Review editor. A member of the New York Bar, he has served on the Committee on Exempt Organiza- tions of both the New York State and American Bar Associations for more than 20 years. With his international law background, he is a valued member of the International Fiscal Association and he served on the Executive Council of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law from 1994-1998. He has been a frequent partici- pant in the Academy panel discussions held throughout the world. Art has long been an interest of Chairman Stapper, as is evidenced by the paintings that hang on the walls of the couple's apartment. He was the estate planning contributor to Art Law Handbook, Aspen, 2000, and has also written Art Law and The Collector: Keeping the Collection Together at the Death of the Collector. Because "I'm not retired, not even semi- retired," emphasizes Chairman Stapper, "we divide our time between New York and Auburn- dale. Before leaving for New York City recently, I New Chairman of the Board of Trustees Erik J. Stapper read to a number of Village residents from the graduation instructions for the Class of 1956. As best as I can remember, one of the rules was, 'All gowns must be clean and pressed; a clean white dress is to be worn underneath with high heels.' "This is a moment from Lasell's history. Over the years Lasell has shown its ability to adapt to an ever-changing world without sacrificing the goal of academic excellence. Lasell has met this challenge in the past — witness its growth. I am convinced that with the help of the students (undergraduate, graduate, and Villagers), faculty, staff, and trustees, Lasell will continue to do so for at least the next 150 years, and I am glad to be a part of this energetic institution. I urge all alumni to return for a look at an alma mater that has reinvented itself in such a dramatic way." **• SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES .t m 1 m TALENT IN THE CLASSROOM SPILLS OVER TO PHOTOGRAPHY David A. Carlson, Ph.D. — The Man Behind the Lens Dave CARLSON is not your stereotypical college professor, beneath his bespectacled, soft-spoken, academic exterior beats the heart of an experienced, no-nonsense U.S. Treasury Department Federal Agent (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms - ATF). Dave (pictured at right in a self portrait), who recently has been seen around campus on the shooting side of a Nikon camera, is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, holds a Ph.D. from Northeastern Uni- versity, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Upsala College in New Jersey. But his first career, in which he spent some 24 years, was as a Special Agent for the United States Treasury Department, serving as a federal criminal investigator and posted occa- sionally with the U.S. Secret Service to protect presidential candidates and foreign dignitaries. His photography work at Lasell has nothing to do with crime scene investigations — though he has a good deal of forensic photography under his belt. No, the focus of his camera work has been Lasell's Cabinet members. Each of the eight has posed for Dave to shoot them for publication. Dave worked with the Office of Communication on the 2001-2002 President's Report of the Year, which is available online, as a pdf document, at Lasell's Online Community, under File Library, at http: / / lasell.planetalumni.com. "His work is awesome," says Director of Communications Fran Weil. "We 'discovered' Dave's talent for portraiture after he emailed us a few shots he had taken of professors Joe Aieta and Malini Pillai." "We knew a good thing when we saw it," says Assistant Director of Communications Phyllis Taylor, "and hoped Dave would be willing to share his talent with the Lasell community." The two asked Carlson if he wanted to shoot for the annual report and happily, he said yes. "I love photography," says Carlson, whose resume reads like that of the lead character of the popular CSI television program. "I am fascinated with the way the human face changes and reacts to its environment. The 'snaps', as he calls his photos, "capture subtleties that the human eye can't." Dave Carlson behind the lens. Beyond his talent for composition and lighting, Dr. Carlson's special knack includes the ability to disarm his subjects and make them feel comfort- able in front of the camera lens. "I have a lot of interviewing experience," says the former Treasury agent. "I conducted many during my stint as a federal agent." Getting peo- ple to relax and to feel comfortable with him is part of his stock and trade. "It works best," he maintains, "if people feel as if they can trust me." They can. "I prefer to shoot people rather than scenes," he says. He remembers the one big exception, when he scaled a towering street pole in 1981, to capture, on film, the return of the 83 hostages from Iran. "We sometimes get lucky and discover that we have interests that we can develop that prove useful in our careers. Photography is one of my interests and every once in a while I get the opportunity to practice it at work. "Photography and teaching, done well, are both challenging, but teaching wins because there is no photograph that can duplicate the experience of sharing efforts with students to achieve fuller and richer understandings about our mutual existence," he says. "I like teaching because it is a playing field where there is no opposing side. .. except igno- rance. If s satisfying to work together to provide the best conditions for helping students learn about existence from a variety of perspectives and to see students improve their analytical and com- munications skills, step by step." David Carlson previously taught at North- eastern University in Boston and Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA, and serves as a Special Investigator under contract with the United States Department of Defense for national security clear- ances. He has traveled extensively to Africa, Cen- tral and South America, Scandinavia, the West Indies, and Europe. "During my life I have had good fortune in various work settings, such as with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Treasury Department, and now in academia," says Carlson. "Perhaps some of my prior career experiences have tempered me by forcing me to make decisions, hopefully, wise ones. These experiences, particularly in the justice arena, may help me, and perhaps my students, in what we accomplish in the classroom." **• 4 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 Dean Brewer Doran Gets Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant 1 ROFESSIONALLY, IT HAS BEEN A PARTICULARLY SATISFYING FEW MONTHS for Brewer Doran, dean, School of Business Administration and Information Technology at Lasell College, and director of the College's Master of Science in Management program. In November, Dean Doran was named the "Outstanding Scholar in Chinese Marketing," co-sponsored by the Society for Marketing Advances (SMA) and the Golden Tripod Society of China. The award was presented at the SMA annual luncheon in St. Petersburg, Florida, on November 15th, and the prize was a two-week research trip to China. Dean Doran was selected from a group of scholars in marketing or business at U.S. institutions of higher education who demonstrate an interest, and preferably a research record, focusing on marketing-related phenomena in China. The research had to highlight aspects of macro- and micro-oriented marketing issues and perspectives that specifically address problems and solutions to key concerns in the Chinese marketplace. Recently, Dean Doran added another honor to her resume. She received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in Business Administration at Uganda Martyrs University. The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The program's purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. With her bags packed and her inoculations in order, Dean Doran headed to Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) in Nkozi, Uganda on March 6. Founded in 1993, UMU is a Catholic university and is considered to be one of the leading private universities in Uganda. "The Senior Specialists Program offers two- to six-week grants to senior U.S. academics and professionals to support auricular and facul- ty development and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries around the world," explains Dean Doran. Grantees also undertake new activities, ranging from conducting teacher training and developing and assessing curricula or educational materials to leading seminars or workshops or conducting needs assessments. Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, which was started in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Senior Special- ists Program aims at increasing the number of fac- ulty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright. "The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program offers grants ranging from two months to an aca- demic year. Since some academics and profession- als find it difficult to be overseas for that length of time, the new Senior Specialists Program offers them another option," states Patti McGill Peterson, executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the organization that man- ages the Fulbright Scholar Program. "I was accepted onto the Senior Specialists roster last fall and when I received an email from the Fulbright Program, I assumed that I would be Dean Brewer Doran with some of her UMU students. going to Asia, my area of expertise. They had to dig way back in my C.V. to find the African con- nection," Dean Doran laughs. "I traveled in Uganda on a photographic safari with my parents in 1971, and I returned again in 1975 -1976 as a senior fellow from Dartmouth College. By the end of that year I could speak flu- ent Swahili and my senior thesis was entitled 'Personal Art: Body Decoration and Dance as Alternative Art Forms Among Pastoral Nomads.' At UMU I'll be training young faculty mem- bers, lecturing on global marketing to students in their M.B.A. program, and looking over the cur- riculum of that program — quite a difference." As she left for Nkozi, Dean Doran said, "I'm so appreciative of the opportunity that the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program has made available to me. I look forward to sharing my experiences with the Lasell community when I get back." Dean Doran holds a PhD. in International Marketing with a minor in Behavioral Manage- ment from McGill University. She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Virginia's Darden School and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. She has worked in the fields of strategic planning, finance, sales, executive education, and aviation. **■ Humanities Chair Mimi Reddicliffe Demonstrates a Passion for Teaching JVllMI REDDICLIFFE'S ENTHUSIASM FOR TEACHING FILLS THE ROOM WHEN SHE SPEAKS ABOUT her profession, the classes she's teaching at Lasell, and her students. "I have been teaching for 25 years, 16 of which have been at Lasell, and my greatest joy is watching students develop. I've been able to see students in many differ- ent roles and I've watched them change during the four years they are here. There's always something unexpected, and I love to see them excel." Mimi Reddicliffe Teaching is a two-way street, as Reddicliffe willingly acknowledges. "I definitely learn from my students. That/ s one of the great things about the student /teacher relationship. It's important to keep an open mind." All incoming students must take Writing I & II, which are among the courses that Mimi Reddicliffe has taught. "The transition from high school to college is a difficult one. The expectations are different. A teacher's role is to help students make the transformation." Pleased with the accomplishments of students in writing classes across the campus, Reddicliffe has bound their writing samples together and uses them as teaching examples of how students' skills increase and change. Thinking back over the courses she has taught, Mimi Reddicliffe readily admits that she had a particularly successful Creative Writing class last spring. "I was worried that not enough students would enroll and to my surprise, 20 students signed up. This was a group that just couldn't stop writing. They went above and beyond the required goals and were equally enthusiastic about trying poetry, short stories, and screenplays. It was so gratifying," she says. >*• (This story was written with the assistance of Communications intern Brooke Wyman '03.) SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES J m 1 ffl Cathy Black was recently appointed Campaign Director for the "Campaign for Brag- don." She will have primary responsibility for raising the $5 million needed to build the newest 60-bed residence hall near the site of the original Bragdon Hall. Black joined Lasell in 1999 as a Major Gifts Officer and contributed to the successful $18.1 million "Lasell 150" capital campaign. She also is responsible for the planned giving program at Lasell. Cathy Black * Kimberly Farah, Ph.D., associate professor of Chemistry, recently spoke at Slippery Rock Uni- versity in Pennsylvania about exsisting threats to ecological health. Dr. Farah was the final speaker in SRU's year-long focus on Rachel Carson, the renowned biologist, writer, and ecologist, who courageously crusaded against the misuse of pesticides in our environment and first warned the public about their hazards in her 1962 book, Silent Spring. Dr. Farah's lecture focused on the potential threats against the environment and society's health associated with the use of chemical com- pounds found in common household items. In Dr. Farah's studies and samplings in the Cape Cod, MA area, she has found "endocrine dis- rupters." Alkylphenol polyethoxylates (APEs) — which are found in common detergents, paper, paints and other items and are thought to have an effect on the endocrine system. Also, Kim Farah talks of "environmental estrogens" (EEs), which are synthetic estrogens such as those found in hormone replacement medications and are also believed to be in some household products. Dr. Farah believes that the next 10 years will show marked changes in the understanding and atti- tude towards APEs and EEs in the environment. "These contaminants are today what smoking was 30 years ago. There wasn't a lot of proof that smoking was unhealthy, but there was a sense that it was," she recalls. t*. Nicole Houdelette Ragognetti '99 has joined the Office of Graduate Admission. Nicole, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Lasell, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross, serves as administrative assistant to the Graduate Admission Office and also to the Enroll- ment Management Department. Since graduating from Lasell, Nicole has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Charles River Sports Therapy in Boston and at Faux Designs in Newton as an Administrative Assistant. ft iNf,.--' Ross Charette Ross Charette joined the IT staff in February, as a part-time Information Systems Analyst. He will take on some of the department's growing responsi- bilities. Ross attended Framing- ham State College and received the Microsoft Systems Engineer Sonia Slomba Michele Kosboth certification. In his free time Ross likes to read, play drums, work on his computer, and has a general interest in sci-fi. t* Sonia Slomba is the new Assistant Director of Student Financial Planning at Lasell, and comes to us from Katharine Gibbs College. She has also worked in the area of financial aid at both Boston College and Northeastern University. She has a BA. in Communications from Boston College and an M.Ed, in Counseling from Providence College. Sonia is a native of Brazil and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese. **. Michele Kosboth, Director of Student Financial Planning, has been appointed to the Sal- lie Mae Technical Advisory Group. Sallie Mae is the largest student loan servicer in the nation, and is on the cutting edge of the technology that provides the delivery of ser- vices and loan funds to both the colleges that use Sallie Mae to process loans, and to the students who borrow through them. As a member of this committee, Michele Kosboth will participate in the testing of new products and services and make recommendations about their development. The Lasell Student Services Office will function as a beta site for the early versions of new or improved loan delivery and servicing software available from Sallie Mae. **• Adjunct instructor Cathleen Twomey, who teaches writing and children's literature at Lasell, will have Beachmont Letters, a young adult novel, published this spring by Boyds Mills Press, publishers of books for children from preschool to youne adult. She previously Cathleen Twomey , , , „ . , authored the well-received Charlotte's Choice, a story of friendship and coming-of-age. According to a School Library Journal review, December 2001, Twomey's "narration has an authentic, engaging voice and is used to record details and dialogue that bring life to the girl's family, friends, and neighbors. The themes of friendship and trust are integral to the story and... this powerful book creates a realistic picture of life and pressures in the early 1900's and is fast paced enough to engage even reluctant readers." Cathleen Twomey recently graduated from the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children pro- gram at Vermont College. When she is not writing or teaching, she devotes her time to music and drawing. Julie Crespi Julie Crespi has joined the Bursar's Office as the new Student Financial Assistant. She holds both an Associate's degree in Public Relations and a Bachelor's degree in Adver- tising Communications /Mar- keting from Johnson and Wales University, and comes to Lasell from EMC Corpora- tion, where she provided support for the sales department. **. From Jim Ostrow, Vice President of Academic Affairs: "I am very pleased to announce that in recognition of her increased level of responsibility at the College, Dorothy Halsey has been named Administrative Coordi- Dorothy Halsey , . , . ,, . T nator of Academic Affairs. In addition to managing all aspects of the Academic Affairs office, Dorothy Halsey also directs produc- tion of the annual College Catalog as well as the Student Planner. She is also the State Departmenf s designated official at the College, managing the 1-20 process for all international students. Dorothy sits as a member of Academic Review, Academic Council, and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. Please join me in congratu- lating Dorothy Halsey for this recognition of her important leadership role at the College." **. New to the Office of Admission, but certainly not new to Lasell, is Susan Scichilone Presti. A graduate of Lasell with a major in Office Manage- ment in '88, and Business Management in '94, Susan worked in the Office of Student Affairs, as Director of Support Services, from 1990 to 1998, filling a variety of roles, including advisor to the yearbook, advisor to the Commuter Club, and coordinator of the Japanese Exchange Program. Although she took a four-year hiatus from Lasell, Susan still stayed in touch and kept involved with her alma mater, attending events and serv- ing as a member of the Alumni Board of Manage- ment in various chair roles from 1990 to 2001. Kathleen M. O'Connor, Vice President for Enrollment Management, was in Chicago Novem- ber 9 through the 13th to attend the Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education, sponsored by the American Marketing Association. The Symposium has five tracks and as an advisory board member, Kate O'Connor chairs the track on Enrollment Development. The conference brings together more than 400 higher education market- ing professionals from all over the world to par- ticipate in sessions on institutional branding Web marketing, integrated marketing communications, market research, strategic planning and competi- tive positioning. This is her sixth year as a track chair and an advisory board member. **■ LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 Risa Mil WKIjCOM • llic.-vv»:xi^v H EIGHTH First-Time Novelist Risa Miller Draws Raves for "Welcome to Heavenly Heights" 1.HE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW CALLS RISA MILLER'S JUST-RELEASED FIRST NOVEL Welcome To Heavenly Heights an "allusive, graceful novel." Publisher's Weekly lauds Miller for her "fresh and spirited eye for imagery," and the Washington Post cites her hot-off -the-press novel about orthodox Jewish families from America settling on Israel's terrorist-torn West Bank for its "remarkable prose" and its "memorable portraits of people." M The teacher, author, and mother of five — who lectures in the Humanities Department of Lasell's School of Arts and Sciences — offered a reading from her "understated and ultimately heart- breaking" first book, on Thursday, February 20 at Lasell Village. It took Risa Miller 10 years to complete the book, the core of which was her M.F.A. thesis, and, as she explained to the audience, "I had to learn things about myself while I was writing. For instance, I always thought I was a worrier and I didn't realize how imaginative I was. "I had to learn how to peer inside and know my own weaknesses and I had to trust my ability to concentrate when I needed to. I'm committed to writing honestly and I love sharing my passion for writing with my students." The winner of a prestigious PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists) New England Discovery Award for Heavenly Height's original, unpublished manuscript in 1999, Risa Miller is now a bona fide published author whose newly acquired collections of rave reviews credential her for a rosy future as a serious voice in the arena of the American novel. **• Jim Tweed, Director of Admission James Tweed Comes on Board as Director of Admission IT'S QUITE AN EXCITING TIME TO JOIN LASELL COLLEGE," says the affable James Tweed, Lasell's energetic new Director of Admission. Indeed, last fall Lasell welcomed the largest incoming class in 30 years, bringing 392 new stu- dents to the campus — the biggest class seen at Lasell in three decades. "The goal, of course, is to maintain the momen- tum," says Tweed, who arrived at Lasell straight from a successful admissions tenure at Roger Williams University, where, most recently, he served as Associate Director of Admissions. Tweed assures that he is grateful for the oppor- tunity at Lasell, and up to the challenge. "College admissions is a unique and wonderful field," he adds, and he'll be drawing on his past experience, spanning entry level to aclministration, to direct his approach at the College. "In addition to providing college counseling and admissions decisions, admission counselors are frequently on the road — mamtaining plants can even become a challenge in this profession," he laughs. "But it can be an exciting career. . . if s competitive and involves many facets of marketing and communication. Most importantly, admissions is about continuing and building new relationships with the guidance community and prospective students and families, and helping high school students make informed choices about their educational futures," he says. Admissions professionals seasonally travel to defined geographic markets to provide informa- tion to students at college fairs, high schools, and other colleges and universities. "We also have the opportunity to create publications, oversee an integrated marketing approach, and look at ways to build and sustain retention. The field isn't for everyone," he concedes. "To be effective in this profession requires you to be flexible, outgoing, comfortable about meeting new people and, you really need to care about and believe in the insti- tution you represent." At Roger Williams University, Tweed was an active member of the University Strategic Plan- ning committee, the Honors Program committee, and was responsible for one of the largest recruit- ment territories for the University. Additionally, as associate director, Tweed provided leadership and supervision to the admissions staff and more than 60 student admissions assistants. He also provided research and analysis helping to develop branding, recruitment strategies, and marketing plans for the institution. Tweed is a graduate of Stonehill College in Easton, MA. He is a frequent presenter at the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC), and is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Caribbean Counselors Association (CCA). Tweed, whose parents currently live on Cape Cod, is a fraternal twin. His brother Joseph, with whom he is extremely close, works in academia as well. "Joe is the Director of College Counseling at Trinity Pawling, a college preparatory school for boys in New York. We don't look much alike now, but we think and sound very much the same, " says Tweed. "Having Joe on the other side of the desk is a professional bonus and makes for lively dinner conversations when we get the opportunity to spend time together." **• TOTAL ENROLLMENT TOPS 1000! THIS FALL, FOR THE FIRST TIME in the College's history, Lasell's total enroll- ment crested the 1000 mark. "We've actual- ly been breaking records for five years," says Vice President for Enrollment Manage- ment Kathleen O'Connor, "but reaching 1000 is like breaking through the sound bar- rier. There's a tremendous amount of ener- gy on this campus right now and the enrollment numbers reflect this. We are experiencing historic highs in applications, new student enrollment, and total College enrollment" "The Admissions staff deserves an enor- mous amount of credit," she says. "They are bright, capable, and student focused. Theirs is a huge accomplishment. They stepped right up to the plate and were never overwhelmed by the 2,200 applica- tions we received last year." In December, this successful team gained a new director, James Tweed. He arrived at Lasell from Roger Williams, where he was associate director of Admissions and was responsible for its largest recruitment territory (see story at left). Wendy Ferrucci is Lasell's director of Graduate Admission and is responsible for that program's successful September start (see story on page 8). Since January, six new students have enrolled in the graduate program and the office is now fielding inquiries for next fall. Because of the increase in volume, Wendy is now assisted full time by Nicole Houdelette Ragognetti '99, and the office has moved to the Irwin Annex, a* SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES CAMPUSes Twelve Pioneering Students Complete New Graduate Program's First Semester fciNTHUSIASM REIGNS OVER THE INAUGURAL SEMESTER OF THE NEW MASTER of Science in Management program. "Our only surprise is that the program ran so smoothly/' smiles Brewer Doran, dean of the School of Business and Graduate Program director. "My students arrive early and at the end of class I can't get them to leave. This group is the best and is exactly what we had hoped for in our pioneering class." r^ Recruitment for the program started last spring under the direction of Wendy Ferrucci, who was promoted from her position of associate director of Undergraduate Admission to director of Graduate Admission. "We developed a direct mail piece, ran radio ads, and really concentrated on areas that are no more than an hour away from campus," Wendy recalls. "What I discovered was that when appli- cants called, they were extremely interested and usually ready to enroll." "I went on-line looking for graduate programs that were close and was struck by Lasell's program because it was new," says Peggy McCarthy, a lia- bility examiner at Ahold USA, in Canton, MA, who enrolled this fall. "The response I got from Wendy is really why I'm here. I called, I was excited, and Wendy kept in contact. It was like she heard me and was there to respond to all my questions." Two alumnae, Trina Green '01 and Kelly HS Tufts '97, are members of the inaugural class. Both work as case managers for Brockton Area Multi- Service Inc. (BAMSI), and neither realized that the other was a Lasell graduate until they started class- es in September. "It was a total coincidence," exclaims Kelly. "I had a great experience at Lasell, always loved the campus, and for both of us, I think it was a nice feeling to come back." Kelly * went on to Bridgewater State College after Lasell, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in 2001 with a major in social work. For the fall semester, all students enrolled in the initial foundation course, Fundamentals of Execu- tive Management, which is taught by Dean Doran. "The class is very well put together," says Trina, "but it was a bit overwhelming at first. You have to be very computer savvy, there was a lot of new terminology and, because I work full-time, and hold a part-time job on the side, time management was an issue for me. I'm proud of what I'm accom- plishing." Using the Jenzabar system, a Web-based Intranet application, was something that all the students had to get used to. The course schedule is posted there as well as class assignments and questions. Course material can also be downloaded from the site and there is an online discussion forum. "By using Jenzabar, we are in touch with each other constantly," says Kelly. "It's like meeting at the water cooler." Currently, Lasell graduate students are assem- bling Web-based electronic portfolios, a tool that is designed both for reflection and as a means of showcasing individual accomplishments. "Does my head look like if s spinning?" laughs Lesley Adkison, who is a psychiatric clinical nurse. "Get- ting used to the new technology is a challenge. As I struggle to create hyperlinks, I keep reminding myself that I need to feel comfortable because I know what I'm learning will be invaluable for any future job positions. "Besides my nursing experience, I've also worked in bio-technology and have been involved with HTV research," Lesley continues. "I've had three careers and the finance piece is what I feel I'm missing. I'm on the fence about which of the two management concentrations to choose — mar- keting or elder care — but regardless of which I pick, if s a no-lose situation; either can be manipu- lated in many directions." This spring four courses are being offered and Dean Doran is looking at alternative formats such as a January one-week intensive course and run- ning two terms in the summer. At the moment, most students see themselves completing their degree requirements over a three-year period. "I'm more concerned with what I learn and retain," explains Peggy McCarthy. "If s not just about finishing up." (Left to right) Trina Green '01 and Kelly HS Tufts '97 are the first alumnae to enroll in the new graduate program. All of the students appreciate the flexibility of the program. "The administration and faculty want to know what works for us," says Peggy. "They know that we haven't been in class for many years and we are always being encouraged by the faculty. It is apparent that everyone is totally behind us. This is a new and exciting chapter in my life." "If s tough to be first," says Dean Doran. "These students have put their trust in us and if s exciting to see them tackle projects with great energy. The first semester has been a wonderful learning expe- rience for both the students and the faculty." *+ Graduate Program Director Brewer Doran and Graduate Admission Director Wendy Ferrucci look over an application. ^•LASELL THEATRE COMES TO LIFE S^Lasell Actor's ^Lab Premiere D, ' ECEMBER 5 AND 6 SAW THE reappearance of theater productions on the Lasell campus with Restless Voices: Scene Work from the Lasell Actor's Lab. Despite the season's first snowstorm, stu- dents, faculty, parents, and Lasell Village residents turned out as an enthusiastic audience to see the student actors work in staged scenes from Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Lorca, and other contemporary playwrights. "It was great to see these young actors' work rewarded by a good-sized, appreciative audience," said Kent Miller, director of the inaugural group. This spring, the Actor's Lab is working on a production of Brian Frier's Dancing at Lughnasa, which will premiere on May 1 and run through May 3. The play is a lyrical character study of an Irish family's struggles to survive turbulent events. "This is such an ensemble play and the casf s work is so detailed in it, that if s really a joy to direct," says Miller. "The cast features some faces the audience will recognize from our scene work last semester as well as some new ones not seen before. I'm hoping that interest will continue to grow, both in the Lab and among our community of audience members." **■ From the top: Kent Miller, Tiffany Cuddihy '06, Leila Hoffstein '06, Danielle Johnson '05, Josh Layne '05, Liz Landon '06, Jenny DuPuis '06. Missing: Dave Mclnnis '03 and Wayne Kreis '04. 8 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 CAMPUS A PERSONAL JOURNEY Emerging Leaders Program Challenges Students to Learn about Themselves . HIS IS THE SIXTH YEAR THAT THE EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM HAS BEEN part of the Lasell experience, and each year it has grown in depth and quality. An estab- lished program at a number of colleges and universities, Emerging Leaders is dedicated to identifying potential student leaders on campus. The participants are primarily first year students who are nominated by Lasell faculty and staff. Members of Resident Director Brian Hughes' Emerging Leaders section. "This year we received 120 nominations/' says Director of Student Activi- ties Anne-Marie Kenney. " Some of those nominated didn't even realize that their names were being put forth. We then sent out applications to them and were very pleased by the response we received." Starting in January, three sections of students began a series of eight non- credit workshops. "The central goal of the program is to challenge and moti- vate students to learn more about themselves as individuals, and to apply that learning to the issues involved in developing leadership skills," Anne- Marie Kenney explains. "For each student it is a personal journey. We ask them to think about what makes them tick and how they can transform their innate skills. Some of the topics we cover are communication skills, including listening and feedback, cultural understanding and sensitivity, moral and ethical decision- making, presentation skills, and public speaking." The students who participate in the program are a motivated group who are interested in taking part in on-campus events. They have made a con- scious decision to take the time to attend the seminars and are vested in the program, Kenney explains. "We know these students well after eight weeks," she continues. "This is a group of students that we can call on to become orientation leaders, men- tors, or heads of clubs and organizations. They feel connected to Lasell and when they graduate they take with them skills that will help them in their jobs and careers." In April, all emerging leaders celebrate the completion of the program by attending a dinner at President de Witf s house. It is an evening to which he always looks forward. As the students are awarded their certificates, each receives a loud round of applause from the Lasell community members who nominated them. **• Student Newspaper 1851 Is Launched 1 HANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF EDITOR DAVID McINNIS '03 AND HIS DEVOTED staff of 22, the first issue of 2552, the student newspaper, came out in January just in time to greet returning students. "These students truly put their hearts and souls into this first issue," says Professor Diane Donatio, faculty advisor for the paper. "They are rightly proud of their efforts and deserve all the positive feedback they have received." Mclnnis had been thinking about starting a newspaper for a year and a half but it wasn't until last September, with the encouragement of Dean Steven Bloom, that the idea took serious shape. "Once my name became attached to it, I started contacting people on campus and, in October, I called a meeting for all interested students so that we could turn the vision into a reality. We weren't just looking for communica- tions majors. We needed people with a wide variety of skills and talents, including writers, Members of the 1851 staff, left to right back row: Jason Saldo '03, Anthony Maimone '06 , Dave Mclnnis '03, Brian Frail '04, Anushka De Silva '04, Aida Mejia '06. Front row: Tracy Maloney '04, Meghan Ryan '06, Cassandra Maurissant '05 editors, layout and graphic artists, salespeople, and photographers." After the October meeting, the core group took form, but the organizational chart was continu- ously changing and evolving. "We had to decide on a name, a format, and on what the lead story would be," said Brian Frail '04, the publication's managing editor. "I was glad that I had some previous experience with the start-up of The Gestalt, Lasell's literary journal, but it was Dave who really shouldered the burden. I think he thought about the paper every waking moment." Every week the group would meet for an hour- and-a-half to work on a rough draft and to proof copy, but "the layout was the hardest," said Mclnnis. "We met one Sunday night for three hours and we had to format everything in the desktop publishing software QuarkXPress. We were very grateful to have the help of Technology Professor Richard Dodds, but in spite of all efforts it still took several tries to get everything right. It was a real learning process!" The paper received funding from the Office for Academic Affairs, "but we wanted to have some ads as well," explained Brian Frail. "I worked with professors loseph Potts and Richard Bath on how to put together a marketing /sales pitch and then I went out there and tried it. I certainly learned rejection firsthand, but when the Auburn- dale Bank asked if they could have a full page ad I was thrilled." "We were all anxious to see the finished prod- uct," said Dave Mclnnis. "Looking at it on the computer is one thing, but seeing it in print is something altogether different. Now we're evalu- ating the results and trying to make sure that everything is in place for future issues. I graduate this May, but we are lucky to be able to count on Brian's leadership next year, and the staffs effort will ensure that the students' voices will continue to be heard throughout the community. It will also ensure the on-going, valuable opportunity for connected learning for students interested in writing, editing, and publishing." **- SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES CAMPUS UfMc ANOTHER LASELL FIRST Students Start Children's Nonprofit lHIS FEBRUARY, SEVEN COMMITTED STUDENTS DECIDED to organize their own non-profit charitable organization with the intent to solicit tax-deductible donations, their goal: to improve educational opportunities for children of agricultural workers in Coatepec and the children of Nogales, two cities in the state of Veracruz in Mexico. Together, Lesley Bautista '06, Sandra Orellana '06, Jeffry Peguero '06, Zamanta Monterrosa '04, Vanessa Solivan '03, Katrina Hester '03, Kerri McCormack '06, Diep Quach '06 and Maritza Colon '06 have registered with the dry of Newton as Ninos de Veracruz, Mexico. They have estab- lished an Employer Identification Number with the Internal Revenue Service, and, with the help of Professor Stephanie Athey, their advisor, and the advice of Professor Michael Nee, in the Department of Business, they are in the process of filing with the federal government for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a charitable fund. In addition to planning events, the organization is setting up an advisory board of those with experience in business and non-profit management. If you or someone you know would be willing to serve in this capacity, please contact the President of Ninos de Veracruz, Mexico, Zamanta Monterrosa, at either (617) 796-4127 or (515) 532-2579; you may also contact the group advi- sor, Professor Stephanie Athey at (617) 243-2312. *•< -99 "Ninos" members from left to right: Vanessa Solivan '03, Lesley Bautista '06, Jeffry Peguero '06, Katrina Hester '03, Zamanta Monterrosa '04 and Sandra Orellana '06. Not pictured: Maritza Colon '06, Kerri McCormack '06 and Diep Quach '06. iiEmvaas*B&;sc The TJX Corporation/TJX Foundation recently awarded Lasell College a second grant of $5000 for the Lasell Institute of Fashion Technology Scholarship Fund. The LIFT Scholarship was established in 2001 on behalf of the TJX Corporation and the TJX Foundation. The scholarship is awarded annually to eligible students enrolled in the fashion program. Lasell Students Get Political On OCTOBER 29, ON THE BIG SCREEN IN DE WITT HALL, the Honors Leadership (303 A) class sponsored the showing of the final televised Massachusetts Governor's debate between Republican contender, and now Governor Mitt Romney, and his Democratic rival, Shannon O'Brien. A lively discussion followed the debate with participants noting the topics generated by the images and issues of the event. These topics were: human rights, gun control, and the death penalty. The participants were students from the Honors Program and other College domains, along with President Thomas de Witt, Dean Steven Bloom, and Professor lohn Carroll. **■ . Alternative Service-Learning Break \ Mexioo Partnerships @/L asell ** r DURING THE WINTER BREAK AT LASELL, FIVE STUDENTS, two faculty members, and the Assistant Director for Admission set out for Veracruz, Mexico to participate in the first international service-learning ven- ture for Lasell students. From lanuary 7-20, the group lived in Mexican homes and worked together with farm workers, educators, small business owners, children, and the elderly on a variety of community service projects. In 13 days, the group visited two sites in the state of Veracruz, spending approximately one week in each. The first base was Coatepec, a quaint, colonial city surrounded by rain forest. The second site was Nogales, a four- hour bus ride to the southwest. In each of these settings, the day began early with community service. By mid-afternoon they began cultural activi- ties, that lasted well into the evening. Together they saw the impact of poverty on individuals and the toll of poverty on the fabric of social services that sustain communities — basic education, basic health care, sanitation, and nutrition — everywhere the connections were apparent or clearly indicated by their hosts. What is more remarkable, and a tribute not only to the experience but to the caliber of students who participated, the students began planning for action during the very first week of their trip. They examined their own values, took stock of their own abilities, drew strength from each other's conviction, and committed themselves to leadership on their return. In Coatepec, the students had the opportunity to participate in both cof- fee and sugar cane harvests. They picked the bright red coffee beans, visited the owners' homes, and saw how coffee is processed from start to finish. Nogales is a small town, nestled in mountains. There the Lasell students were introduced to some children with special needs, including Down's syndrome and other developmental disabilities. They learned that the chil- dren's parents are trying to build a school that will serve their children's needs and were told of the many cultural, governmental, and financial obstacles these parents face. This inspired the group to try and help estab- lish a School for Children with Disabilities in Nogales through fundraising efforts at home (see accompanying story). The student's travel was generously supported by an anonymous gift, by a Student Government Association mini-grant, and by the student's own fundraising at Halloween. The impressions and experiences that the trip gave to all who participated are priceless. »■ Sandra Orellana '06 gets a big hug. Zamanta Monterrosa '04 busily picking coffee beans. 10 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 Civic Engagement Forum Highlights Service-Learning LJe WITT HALL WAS CROWDED WITH STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND Villagers at February's civic engagement forum titled Raise Your Voice. The event was part of a statewide "Week of Action" as declared in a state proclamation. The forum celebrated and promoted Lasell students' community involvement through service and service-learn- ing activities, with funding for the event from Pew Charitable Trust, with support from the Massachusetts Campus Compact. "Our access to education makes us privileged," said President de Witt, who hosted the event, "and it is our responsibility to give back. Lasell has long been committed to service-learning and more than half our faculty have incorporated the concept into their programs. We have found that by reaching out to others we learn something about ourselves." Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning Sharyn Lowenstein introduced members of a panel who represented three of the programs with which students are currently involved: The Second Step, America Reads at the Mason Rice Elementary School, and the Children's AIDS Program (CAP). Professors Diane Donatio and Linda Bucci explained how they had incorporated The Second Step into their classes. "Last fall I had students in my English 102 class read fictional pieces involving the dysfunc- tional relationships of people. These profiles par- alleled The Second Step experiences and the people in them became real to the students. It opened their eyes to the terrible effects that domestic abuse has," said Professor Donatio. Students from Professor Bucci's Criminal Law class are working this semester with The Second Step to produce a conference for battered women concerning various legal issues. In her Domestic Violence class, students have gone to the Family Nurturing Program and served dinner as well as making a trip to the facility to sort out donations. "My Domestic Violence class also sponsored a fundraising event at Lasell Village where a sur- vivor spoke. Our involvement with The Second Step has fanned out and touched many members of the Lasell community," said Professor Bucci. When the students participating in the America Reads program spoke about their experiences at the Mason Rice Elementary School, it quickly became apparent how much it means to them. "I have learned about myself and found out how much giving back to the community means to me. Because of my involvement, I have decided to change my major to Human Services," said Lee Ann Tkacz '05. Students take their commitment seriously, and come to understand the impact their work has. "I have worked my classes around my America Reads schedule," said Alexis Polanco '05. "If you CAMPUS™ President de Witt asks questions at one of the information tables. can't get to the school, the students are so disap- pointed! They'll say to me, 'Where were you? You didn't call."' This is the first year that Lasell has had a resi- dence hall — Case House — devoted to students interested in service learning. "Community service is a passion for us," explained Kim Orellana '04. At the end of the Raise Your Voice program, Director Lowenstein asked everyone to visit the 10 agencies that were represented at tables throughout de Witt Hall. These included Newton Food Pantry, Walk for Hunger, Newton Girl Scouts, Wellness Community, Springwell, AmeriCorps, Newton Parks and Recreation Department-Therapeutic Programs, Barry Boys' and Girls' Club, Newton Office of Volunteer Ser- vices, and Green Decade. 'Please take the time to get involved and tell your friends to get involved as well,' said Director Lowenstein. Judging by the crowd that stood at the bank of information tables, involvement at Lasell is a happening thing." **■ Legal Studies Students Hold Mock Trial L HE SOUND OF THE GAVEL ECHOED THROUGHOUT THE LASELL VILLAGE Ballroom on December 6th, as the third annual mock trial was brought to order. Professor Linda Bucci's Introduction to Legal Studies students had spent the last weeks of the fall semester preparing for this domestic violence trial. Opening statements, exhibits, and ques- tions for the witnesses were all in order and the jury, made up of Village residents, was ready to hear and deliberate the case. Professor Bucci served as judge. "The majority of the students taking Introduc- because I have two daughters who are lawyers," explains Vernice Kelley. "I'm familiar with and very interested in the field and I took one of Pro- fessor Bucci's classes last year and was extremely impressed. "The students all knew their parts and were very well prepared. They spoke up and made eye contact with the jury. In the end we were unable to reach a decision. No one emerged as a leader in our group to sway us in one direction or the other. Two jurors were adamant that it was pre- meditated murder and two were convinced that the woman should be acquitted. One juror changed her mind three times. It was very inter- esting and I'd certainly do it again." "I was very pleased with how the trial went," says Professor Bucci. "The students were able to tion to Legal Studies are freshmen," Professor Bucci explains, "and the course is designed to give them an overview of the legal system. The mock trial pulls together everything they have learned and is the culmination of the semester. For the actual trial, each student has one assign- ment and they work in teams for either the pros- ecution or the defense. All the students love it and it is great fun." Yecenia Nowak '05 is a Legal Studies major and was the prosecutor for the trial. "There were 10 of us on the prosecution side and for a week- and-a-half we went through various ideas, preparing to meet the defense's case. The jury was made up of Villagers who had signed up to participate. "I put my name down Ashley Nunez '06 is sworn in. see the impact of their case strategies and the closings were stupendous. If s always interesting to see what facts or arguments the jury reacts to and Lasell is unique in being able to have the intergenerational play between the Villagers and the students. "I taped the entire trial and used it for a 'Reflections on Teaching Workshop' for members of the faculty. The skills developed for the mock trial, such as preparation, teamwork, and oratory certainly carry over into other disciplines and ifs a wonderful example of students getting the ben- efit of connected learning." **• SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES . .-•. CAMPUS TZWi Student Internships Often Lead to Unexpected Experiences UuRING THE FALL SEMESTER, LASELL STUDENTS VENTURE OFF CAMPUS AND head to a variety of internship sites. An essential ingredient of the College's connected learn- ing philosophy, all degree programs require a senior capstone internship and for some majors, students must work at sites throughout their four years. The twists and turns in the interns' experiences are often unexpected and the doors that are opened make a lasting impression. The words "Yellow Brick Road" don't bring up images of the Land of Oz for Criminal Justice major Lori Mabie '03. Instead, if s an FBI code name that Lori associates with ropes, high walls and barbed wire. The three-and-a-half mile "road" she traveled was the obstacle course in Quantico, VA. "I felt like Jody Foster in Silence of the Lambs," Lori exclaims, "and I can tell you that the training FBI agents undergo is rough!" Lori, Beth Lyons '03, and Antonia Mariani '03 traveled to the FBI Academy because they did their senior internship with State Trooper Paul Zipper, a member of the Massachusetts Fire Mar- shal's Office. When Trooper Zipper was asked to teach an arson investigation course at Quantico that would be attended by FBI agents from across the United States, he asked the three students if they wanted to accompany him. "We piled into his car and drove 11 hours down to Virginia," recalls Antonia. "We learned a lot just by talking to people and the Quantico facility itself is incredible. It was a trip none of us will forget." "We were very lucky to have been able to work with Trooper Zipper, who set us up at such a variety of sites," says Beth. "We received a great overview because he put us in touch with so many people. He says if there's anything else we want to see in the future, we should just ask." EHrring the fall, they worked at the Lawrence, MA District Court in the Probation Department, observed juvenile proceedings at the Lynn Court- house, toured the fire-fighting facilities in Stow, and helped at the Framingham District Attorney's office with the Community-Based Justice Program. From November 11-13, the three assisted at the Massachusetts Coalition for Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Program Annual Conference in Framingham, MA. There, they were able to net- work with criminal justice and mental health pro- fessionals from all over the world. They hosted criminal justice breakout sessions, participated in a mock trial, and worked behind the scenes with the conference committee. When asked if there was anything left on their wish list, their heads nodded in unison. "Oh, yes!" they exclaimed. "We want to observe an autopsy and we'd like to try our hand at a firing range." ;* Newton North High School's athletic training room is filled with students who have ice packs on their knees and ankles while others stand, waiting to be evaluated. In the midst of the hub- bub, two Lasell Athletic Training majors, Mark Henry '04 and Stephanie Birch '04, are working quickly and efficiently. "There are more than 1,300 athletes at the high school, and we see from 75 to 100 a day," says Mark, as he reaches for another roll of tape. "If a student has a game, he or she gets priority. We have to evaluate whether or not they can play, and then treat the injury." Athletic Training students have their first internship experience the second semester of their freshman year. They move from understanding the concepts of the job to working hands-on with athletes their sophomore year. "By junior year we've learned how to make an orthopedic evalu- ation, we know about strength and conditioning, and predispositions to injury. We're also trained in emergency care and what is life threatening and what is not," explains Mark. This preparation held Mark in good stead at a Newton North Tigers' football game this Septem- ber. "It was a beautiful day and we were in the third quarter, when suddenly the referee put the ball down and keeled over," he remembers. "I ran out to the unconscious official with the school athletic trainer, Bill McAndrews, and we found that he had a weak pulse and was having diffi- culty breathing. We immediately called for an ambulance. "For some reason it was the first time that Bill had brought an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to a game, and when we lost the referee's pulse he quickly asked me to go get it. After administering a shock we were able to read a weak pulse and about 30 seconds after that the ambulance arrived and we gave him over to the EMTs. "Although I'd never had to perform emergency Mark Henry '04 is constantly busy in Newton North High School's athletic training room. functions before, I felt competent because of my Lasell training. I found myself zoned in on the situation and able to block out all my emotions. It was so lucky that we had brought the AED Lori Mabie '03, Antonia Mariani '03, and Beth Lyons '03 prepare to head off to their Criminal Justice internship. with us. Apparently it was the first time a defib- rillator has been used anywhere in the country to save a life at a high school football game. I got more experience than I had counted on." A smiling child enjoys the playground equipment that Tan ia Cirino '03 helped construct. As Tarda Cirino '03, a Human Services major, has learned from her internship at The Second Step, a transitional women's shelter for survivors of domestic violence located in Newton, there is more than one way to restore life. "At the moment there are eight families living in The Second Step house, and these women and their children come from all over New England," she explains, "but a second facility is about to open so we will soon be able to accommodate more families." Tarda was involved in a number of projects this fall but didn't realize that construction exper- tise was something that might be required. "The Second Step runs an after-school program for the children of the residents but there was never an outside playground for them. Then, this fall, Salomon Smith Barney gave us the equipment that would make the dreams of the children come true, but it needed to be put together and installed," she recalls, "so it was time to join other volunteers and put on our carpenter's belts. "We started early in the morning and didn't finish until eight p.m. As we were working we could see all the children's faces pressed up against the windows, watching us excitedly. I could hear them asking, 'Can we play now, can we play now?' It was a very emotional day. The See INTERNSHIPS continued on page 15 12 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 EDITOR'S NOTE: In the interest of protecting the privacy of our alumni, it is the policy of the Alumni Affairs Office not to divulge alumni addresses, e-mail addresses or phone numbers unless it has been verified that the request is from another alumnus. The content of Class Notes is based on material submitted to Lasell College's Alumni Office. Due to the large number of submissions, Lasell is unable to verify the factual con- tent of each entry and is not responsible for erroneous material. Because of the possibility of unexpected changes, in general, we do not publish future events, but will be delighted to announce weddings and those events that have already taken place. The Class Notes printed in this issue were received by February 24, 2003 and notes received after that date will appear in the next issue. If you wish to have a photograph returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Please send your news to the Alumni Office at 1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466-2716. YOU MAY E-MAIL CLASS NOTES OR ADDRESS CHANGES TO US AT: email@example.com 1920's 1923 The Meredith, NH Historical Society presented Priscilla Wolfe Scarth with the "Boston Post Cane" which is award- ed to the oldest voter in the town. 1927 Our sincere condolences to Elizabeth Selkirk Chipps whose husband passed away. Elizabeth is now living in a retirement home. She plays cards and reads books in large print. "I'm old but don't accept it. I would like to see more news from the Class of '27." 1929 "I was 93 years old on June 27. 1 live alone in my condo, have many great friends and three wonderful children close by," writes Marjorie Parrish Green. 1930's 1931 Our sincere condolences to Mary Hunter Holland on the death of her husband. She says, "I now live alone in the peaceful little village of East Corinth (VT)." 1934 "I have finally just retired from my store after 40 years," writes Alice Floyd Rice. "Much publicity about it on Cape Ann because we were established in 1865." Midge Jones Joslyn has "a nice apartment in a retire- ment community." She keeps busy with many activities including playing bridge. "I still drive my car to visit my three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grands." "I never see or hear from any classmates," writes Carol Morehouse Jones. Carol has three great-grandsons. 1935 Dorothy Friend Sacrey is still active at her church. Katharine Peck Dietler spent the summer in the mountains, went to San Francisco to visit her daughter and family, and her son got married in June. She says, "I miss having Puffy to talk to." "The various committees at my retirement home in Concord, NH, keep me busy," writes Priscilla Winslow. "I am secretary of the resident's association and enjoy it." 1936 "Slowing down but still enjoying life and praying for peace," says Dorothy Paine Chaucer. Dorothy and her husband celebrated their 59th anniversary with a trip to Vermont with their boys. 1937 "I am fortunate to be able to pursue varied activities where I live," writes Anne Campbell Terrill. "My good friend took me along to Florida in November for a month." Constance Griffin Lehoux enjoyed two days at Lasell last May for her 65th reunion and "enjoyed being in a new dorm near old Bragdon." Janet Owens DeArment writes, "Feeling better now. Second childhood. We don't seem to have any Lasell alums in the (Meadville, PA) area, or we just don't contact each other. Too bad." "No big news except a breathtaking Adirondack vaca- tion in bright foliage season," writes Billie Williamson Hopkins. 1938 Our sincere condolences to Harriet Newcomb Classmates Augusta Williamson '37 and Marjorie Westgate Doran '37 aboard the Spirit of Boston. Stoughton whose husband died in October 2001. Harriet lives in a retirement home in North Carolina. She says, "I am doing well and conduct the bridge group." From Lakewood, NJ, Marty Romaine Jones writes, "We go to Atlantic City frequently to win our fortune and keep Donald Trump happy." Marty has two great-grand- sons. "I don't think I will be up for reunion but hope you all have a wonderful time," writes Virginia Wilhelm Harshbarger. 1939 "My husband is retired so we are free to roam," says Margaret Christiansen Marbach. We have seven great- grandchildren. Jean Michael Petersen, who recently moved to Lasell Village, named the alums who also live there: Barbara Rose Wood, Marge Westgate Doran '37, Harriet Pemstein '50, Antoinette Ruinen Stapper '56 and Ann Mignosa '87. Jean writes, "It was fun to share memories with Louisa Clark Harrington." Mary Jean Schultz Waddell remembers her two years at Lasell as a "wonderful, carefree period of my life. I'm sorry students today are much more pressed or stressed." 1940's 1940 "Still doing genealo- gy, gardening and enough exercise to keep me moving, but at a slower pace," writes Carolyn McCarty Springer. Carolyn had two new grandchildren this past year. Our sincere condo- lences to Dorothy Sherwood Gavin whose 52-year-old son died in October. Dorothy writes, "I enjoyed reunion 2000 and still enjoy Florida in March and April. I am blessed with being able to swim and walk well." Patricia Taylor Henderson and her husband celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and their granddaughter got married. "Still involved with the convalescent home, Red Cross and church," writes Helen Woodward Fassett. Helen has a great-granddaughter in Florida. 1941 Mary Elizabeth Allen Ryan writes, "We took our daughter to Germany in September 2002." "This year I am moving to Hawaii to be near my son, grandsons and Jay Jahn Warren, my Clark roommate," writes Jean Cooney Leitch. "I am really looking forward to it." Over the years Marian Fitts Sternkopf has traveled a lot. Her most recent trip was a safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Our sincere condolences to Lucille Hooker Paterson whose husband died in January 2002. Marjorie Morss Smith is retired and living in Florida. 1942 Barbara Collester Moore writes, "I sold my airplane and really missed seeing everyone at reunion." "Our 60th reunion was great," writes Jessie Dobson Salmon. Jessie participated in her local high school's col- lege night as a representative for Lasell. According to Bea Lewis Potter, Barbara McDowell Lee, is "making amazing progress from her stroke." Ruth Mosher Porter enjoyed a visit with Louise Freeman Coombs in Richmond, VA. Betty Polhemus Davies enjoys boating, gardening and horse activities. She says, "Children and grandchildren live nearby. It's great fun keeping up with them." Marjorie Ray Blackett writes, "We are both well and active. We took a cruise from Toronto to Chicago." "Sorry I missed our 60" 1 reunion. Hope I can make it for our 65 tn - Wow!" writes Elaine Robins Albert. Elaine is enjoying retirement in Florida. 1943 "My twin sister and I reached 80 last April," writes Frances Church Deering. Frances is active in church There are six Lasell alumnae who now live at the Village. Back row left to right: Harriet Pemstein '50, Antoinette Ruinen Stapper '56, Barbara Rose Wood '39; front row Ann Mignosa '87 and Jean Michael Petersen '39. Missing Marjorie Westgate Doran '37. LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 Class Notes • activities and walks two miles a day. She has two grand- children. We were so sorry to hear that Ann Preuss Gillerlain's husband passed away. Our sincere condolences to Christine Turnbull Buehler whose daughter, Sandra, died of breast cancer at the age of 52. Christine says, "This has been devastating for me. Sandra was beautiful from the inside out and always a joy to be around." 1944 Ruth Blaisdell Simmons writes, "Last summer I visited with my roommate, June Carew Mange. I often see Marge Wing Berry." "My town (Camp Hill, PA) of 14,000 people has been chosen as the most beautiful spot in America," writes Penny Smith Williams. Natalie Vogel Lawton is a recipient of the 2002 Jefferson Award, founded by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the late Sen. Robert Taft. Out of 350 nominees, Natalie won for "Greatest Public Service Benefiting a Local Community," because of her work running the tiny church basement "closet" in Westerly, CT, that brings life supplies (soap, diapers, toothpaste, dishwashing liquid, etc.) to the needy. "I couldn't feel more honored," Natalie said with regard to receiving the award. Natalie has been running the "closet" since its inception in 1990. 1945 Our sincere condolences to Nancy Bacon Johnson on the death of her oldest son who passed away after a lengthy illness. Nancy moved to a condo in New London, NH, and spends the winter in Tarpon Springs, FL. "My days at Lasell are a treasure," writes Marjorie Olson Bjork. Isabel Pollard Oleson spends summers in Maine with family and enjoys retirement living in Florida in the winter. Henrietta Sharpe Smith says, "All goes well here in Maine." "The big news is my new address. We sold our home in Rochester, NH, and moved to a lovely retirement village in Concord. It's a big adjustment but the right decision for us," writes Drucilla Roberts Bickford. .-"CL Edna Lyons Cray '43 and Dorothy Holman Rich '45 at the widowed lifeline Christmas party south of Boston, where both are members. 1946 Rosemary Chase Duryea enjoyed a trip to Ireland in June. One of Lucy Clark Winanf s paintings was exhibited at the International Watercolor Show in Houston, TX, in a show entitled, "The Challenge of Champions - Water Media 2003." Carolyn Coleman Peyrot enjoys yoga, church work and bird watching. "Still working and loving it," writes Mildred Day Clements. "Hope my fellow classmates are well and hap- py" Mary Jane Magnusson Megroz lists the graduations she attended: college, high school, junior high, elementary school, nursery school. "Great to be grandies and able to do it." Nancy Peterson Strain moved from New York City to Athens, TX, "where the livin' is easy." Our sincere condolences to Bunny Quinn McKenna on the death of her 48-year-old daughter, Roberta. Jean Watson Wetrich has three great-grandchildren. Our sincere condolences to Elizabeth Weltner Canine whose husband died in March 2002 after a battle with lung cancer. Constance Wilbur Starr and her new husband took a 3-week car trip out west that included a stop in southern California to see her 10th grandchild. She says, "Life is good." 1947 Clare Dickover Hallock announces, "We are great- grandparents of a boy." From California, Alice Donovan Slavich writes, "Visited New England and experienced fall colors, rain and cold weather. All different and enjoyable." Alice visited former roomie, Fran Lake Gray, in Orleans, MA and had a great time catching up. Jeanne Franklin Bates enjoys good health and life with her husband. She spends six months in Naples, FL, and summers in Dennis on Cape Cod. Jeanne says, "I would love to hear from any of my classmates." "All is the same interspersed with special anniversary and birthday celebrations. Aren't we lucky," says Phyllis Haviland Hildebrandt. "We are now three times great-grandparents. Wow! Time flies," writes Linda Koempel Tompkins. Joanne McMillan Mars moved to a condo atop a small mountain in Roanoke, VA. She says, "We find life is easier now that we don't have to drive 45 minutes to reach stores, doctors, etc." "I am always pleased to receive mail about Lasell," writes Jean Morgan Koenitzer. Jean keeps busy with church activities, the D.A.R. registrar and keeps up with Barbara Weeks Dow '46. Says Lois Seidel Newell, "I am enjoying retirement in the sunny south with children and grandchildren." Barbara Stickle Mode says, "I've been active at Lasell on the alumni board (past president) and as a corporator. I own my own interior design business for the past 20 years and have had the pleasure of practicing my trade in vari- ous areas of the campus. Barbara is in contact with Mary Jane Carl Turner, Ginnie Smith Smith and Anne Alger Ehrlich. She would love to hear from others from the Class of '47. Jane Upton Patten is retired and travels several times a year. She and her husband spend summers with their chil- dren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their camp on the lake. She says, "I'm still on oxygen 24 hours a day, but manage to enjoy life." "Life is good," says Beverly Yeates McCormick. "Days are filled with volunteer work - tutoring at jail boot camp, serving at a soup kitchen, coordinating the church caring ministry. And I'm fortunate to have two daughters and five grandkids living close." 7945 Our sincere condolences to Christena Bilakos Farmasonis whose 38-year-old son, Peter, died. On a posi- tive note, Christena completed her Ph.D. at University of California at La Jolla. "My new apartment will be ready soon. Can't wait for the move," writes Bubbles Davenport Weidmann. "We downsized our housing," writes Charlotte Guptill Norcross. She and her husband took a cruise of the Panama Canal after a visit with daughter and family in San Diego. Ruth Hilton has moved to a nursing home and would love to hear from classmates. Judy Tracy Shanahan hopes to see many 48'ers at their 55th in May. She spends her retirement "in the best of two worlds" — New Hampshire (spring to fall) and Florida (winter). She feels fortunate to have three of her four chil- dren and their families within driving distance. During the year she enjoys seeing B.J. Culver Thomson, Alice Johnson Thornton and Shirley Sturm Bullard 1949 Corinne Capone McGuiggan hoped to see Libby Harrington Logan and Joe Sanborn Hickey in Florida in March." Our sincere condolences to Ann Fletcher Simonds on the death of her mother. Ann visited her two daughters in California. She has five grandchildren. Thumper Grant Walter says, "Healthy in Atlanta. Call or write if you are coming this way." Thumper sees Jean Dickson Treveiler several times a year. "We're now retired in a lovely condo on the Cape, only 10 minutes from our family cottage," writes Natalie Hall Campbell. "My granddaughter, Allison Logan '05, is currently a Lasell student. We compare notes on what was then and what is now," writes Elizabeth Harrington Logan. Martha Hurd Davenport writes, "We celebrated our 50th anniversary twice and joined Nancy Curtis Grellier for her 50th celebration on October 12th. "Still a full-time manager of a Hallmark store and love it," says Natalie Knight Rogers. "Try to travel every year with my sister. Last year to Alaska." Barbara Milne Lynch writes, "I've finally retired! Anyone living in the Hobe Sound, FL area, I would love to hear from you." Judy Parker Haas writes, "Still just three great-grands." "Life is good. Every day is a treasure, blessed with lov- ing family and friends, both old and new," writes Joan Wolfe Wickham. Joan and her husband visit with Gene Starrett Anderson and her husband at least three times a year in Florida and Massachusetts. Joan is planning to retire in October 2003. She has six grandchildren. "I survived a hard summer," writes Jacquelyn Word S tailings. "A hip replacement, eight Christian retreats and three weddings." Sisters-in-law Shirley Greenhalgh Fadley '49 and Helen Mayoh Greenhalgh '49 attended their 55th high school reunion in Rhode Island. 1950's 1950 It is not the best of times for Barbara Baldwin Mudgett. Her husband's stroke resulted in his move to a nursing home. Barbara says, "I spend my days with him. He would do the same for me." Nancy Bean Lord is "trying to age gracefully." Her grandchildren are scattered as far as the state of Washington. Jean Davies Stanley and her husband returned from a steamboat trip up the Mississippi River, from St. Louis to St. Paul, MN, where they met their son. Our sincere condolences to Mary Louise Dunham Weyand who husband died 11 days before their 50th anniversary. On Mary Louise's first elder hostel trip to Savannah, she "met a lovely lady who turned out to be Eeva Laitinen Stromski '49. What a nice surprise." Marion Ettinger Steinmetz boasts of three grandchil- dren. Diana Ewing Bowser is golfing on good-weather days and keeping five looms busy doing hand-weaving on the other days. Dot Goehring Rourke has been a braillist for almost 40 years, transcribing math and science textbooks for blind children. She raised five children. "We're enjoying the good life in West Falmouth (Cape Cod)," says Pat Graham Gordon. Pat enjoyed a visit with Clare Gammons McMullan and keeps in touch with Pat Sickley Hulce and Janet Foley. Our sincere condolences to Jeanne Hackett Desmond whose husband died in October 2001. From her home in Old Saybrook, CT, Jeanne was host to Clara Silsby Lamperti and Joan Koch Ryan at a "ya ya sisterhood" lun- cheon this past fall. Jeanne says, "We get together quite often, usually at Clara's summer place in Pennsylvania. I am blessed with good friends." "Still enjoying retirement on the Maine coast and taking two major travel adventures each year," writes Patricia Hyde Billett. "Frequent visits with Nancy Bean Lord are a real pleasure." Elizabeth Kerrivan Davidson wishes "all kinds of good happenings for Lasell and my classmates." Elizabeth keeps busy with family, friends, church and visits to Cape Cod. Anne Mastin Egner writes, "I am happy to once again be living in New England." Our sincere condolences to Betty Machines Deal Class Notes LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 whose husband died in December 2002 and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Mami Nahigian Sarkisian's husband suffered a heart attack but is doing fine. Through her timeshare she vaca- tioned in Florida and the Caribbean. Marni is co-chair of an international food group, where they dine on exotic meals in members' homes. Elaine Orth Rodey says, "Enjoying life to the fullest. Playing lots of golf and loving Arizona and the beautiful warm weather." "Still living a happy life in Florida with my husband and near our daughter," writes Jean Ostrander Lowman. Jackie Paulding Hauser did a floral design interpreta- tion for the Worcester (MA) Art Museum "Flora in Winter" exhibit. She also exhibited a floral design entitled "Escape to Tahiti" for the 2003 New England spring flower show. She is past-president of the Sudbury Garden Club. Bobbie Rock Wallingford is retired. She says, "I am enjoying the Benicia Yacht Club and am still into decorat- ing. "We still have many ties to Rhode Island but enjoy the lifestyle in Florida," writes Lois Schaller Toegemann. "No complaints about health, but I miss friends who are not here." Jet Temperley Jennings says, "I enjoy my work with elders. Life is great with seven grandchildren. Love the Leaves and news of classmates." "We are going into our 14th year of retirement here on the Cape," writes Carmen Welch Clark. Carmen sees Naomi Cox Santoro and SaUy Hughes Fasick, when she visits in the summer. "Busy chauffering grandchildren who are not yet in college. All is well," writes Barbara Welles Miller. Nancy Wilson moved into a retirement community in New Jersey in 1999. She says, "Carolyn Snook Rauscher bought a co-op behind me and three doors over. However, we seem to pass by like ships in the night and don't have a chance to communicate." 1951 Kathleen Ballard Heck writes, "We were married 50 years in February. We've had some very high-highs and some low-lows." "Still can't believe we have passed our 50th reunion. It was a lot of fun seeing friends. Could not believe all the changes on campus," says Elizabeth Baumbach Hyne. Elizabeth enjoys traveling by motor home, tours with friends and cruises. "We travel to Florence, Italy, three times a year, for a month's stay each trip," writes Maria Fantacci Severino. Maria has two grandchildren who live nearby. Our sincere condolences to Libbie Fleet Glazer on the death of her husband, Melvin. Retired and living in a condo in Southport, CT, Priscilla Freeman McCartney has four children and nine grandchil- dren. When Joan Kearney Cormay gets down to Florida she hopes to visit with Nancy Mitchell Quinn. Joan still volun- teers with the women's community league. "If s lots of fun. My best to all." Charlotte Kelley Campbell's cruise to Scandinavia included a visit to St. Petersburg, Russia. "My heart is sad," writes Marie Kohaut Dougherty. "I miss my dear friend and roommate, Janet Woodward Powers. God bless Woodie." Marie's travels included Las Vegas and Paris and a visit to see daughter and grandchil- dren in Chicago. "We travel as much as possible," says Beverly Pink Reynolds. In 2002 we went to Texas, Virginia, Long Island and New Hampshire in our camper van." In 2003 we will see Europe. Pray for peace." Our sincere condolences to Patricia Preble Robison whose second husband, Donald, died in 2001. Patricia says, "I now live alone with my cat, Macduff." Patricia raised three children and is "a grandmother x 5." Elaine Quavillon Tull and her husband celebrated their 50 m anniversary with a cruise to the Caribbean and a visit with family in San Antonio. "Time does fly when you are having fun and that means living in Arizona." Peggy Riker Miller is still showing her shelties. Her grandchildren are involved in ice hockey. "We are their biggest fans." "I enjoy living on a lake and visiting children and grandchildren," says Virginia Starck Redmond. Jeanine Wortman Post writes about her visit with Etta Burns Peters. "We spent a few days in the Rockies, viewed the elk, and talked, talked, talked. Great fun." 1952 "Reunion was great and so well done. The campus is beautiful. Lasell has made great academic strides. Congratulations," writes Jean Aslaksen Podimsky. Jean enjoys retirement, family and friends and her garden. "I have retired as the vice-president and chief operating officer for the Bonwit Teller Stores Corporation and now have time on my hands for fun," says Roberta Benvenuti. Betsy Brown Cramer celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary at a club in Vermont. "Our three children and spouses and two granddaughters were with us. A great time for all." "It was so good to see so many old friends at our 50th," says Chloe Comstock Singarella, "especially Mary Grill Turton who I hadn't seen in 50 years, roomie Carolyn Powers Fontaine, and Shirley Warriner Randall. I hope we can do better about keeping in touch with each other." Living in London since 1956, Joanne Getz Silverstein works as a life coach and NLP trainer. Joanne's husband is deceased. She has two children and four grandchildren. Bonnie Gill Smith writes, "Hi to all my classmates. Enjoying our eight grandchildren. We are in the car with chairs and water bottles all the time." "I guess the Class of '52 has drifted far and wide. To my far-off friends, I would love to hear from you," says Nancy Gotier Fein. Nancy hails from southern California. She raised four kids and has four grandchildren. Sarah Grahame Cairns is a volunteer driver for senior citizens. She raised four children and has two grandchil- dren. "I had a wonderful time at the 50th reunion," says Mary Grill Turton. "It meant so much renewing friend- ships and catching up. What a wonderful memory." "Sorry I wasn't with you for the 50th reunion. My best to all," says Janet Meserve Rattray. Carol Michiels Dunlap has been a real estate broker for over 26 years. "I had my own business for 10 years but decided to ease up so I'm now associated with another office." Carol has two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. "I loved being with my classmates at our 50th reunion. What fun it was," writes Bobbie Trout Krohn. Barbara Wenzel Boucher says, "Loved being at our 50th. Any classmates in Maine (summer) or Venice, FL (winter)?" "I have such happy memories of our 50th reunion last spring. It was great to see so many classmates return," says Mary Lou Woodward Robinson. 1953 Janet Chase Ash wrote that she attended her 50th high school reunion and saw several Lasell classmates. In the last Leaves, omitted was Carol Bridgetts Cadmus who looked "smashing." Dot Day Bardarson still owns an art and fine crafts gallery in the harbor in Seward, Alaska. She says, "When you arrive by cruise ship, be sure to stop by and say hello." Dot is married 47 years, has six grands and three greats. From Morongo Valley, CA (near Palm Springs), Jody Humphrey Bryant writes, "Health conditions prevent my attendance at the 50th reunion. Sorry." Jody has three grandchildren. Marilyn Lyons Vanden-Handel says, "We spent three wonderful weeks in Italy this fall. Especially enjoyed the lake country and Florence." Myma Pasternak Kahan has four grandchildren. She writes, "I babysit two times a week and love it." Janet Pearson Hauck and her sister-in-law, Maureen Fagan Hollf elder, are looking forward to their 50th reunion. Janet had this to say about her move to a new house in Sugar Land, TX. "What an overwhelming task." "I am really excited about our May reunion," says Bev Thornton Hallowell. Bev and Janet Rummel Hayes enjoy working together as volunteers at the Metrowest Medical Center (MA). "Looking forward to our 50th reunion," writes Jean Weeks Hartna. 1954 "Still doing the book work for our family flower busi- ness," writes Corinne Coyle Lydem. Corinne enjoyed a visit with Joan Pickett Morrow who came east for her 50 m high school reunion. Marilyn Dawson Tuf ano is semi-retired, has three sons and is the "grandmom of 11." "It was a fabulous year," says Hope Duguid Dauwalter. "Ten days in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy with our family and six weeks in Europe." Thelma Greenberg Florin and her husband took their son and daughter and spouses along with five grandchil- dren to Bermuda to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. Faith Harvey Fisler enjoys retirement. "Five grandchil- dren and volunteer work keep me busy." From Harwich Port, MA (on Cape Cod), Priscilla Head Davis writes, "Enjoy retirement and can hardly believe we have been here for 10 years. We keep busy doing lots of volunteering." Priscilla asks, "I would love to be in touch with my roommate from the Barn our senior year. Does anyone know where she is?" "We continue to be constantly busy. Our 13 grandchil- dren keep us running to all their activities," writes Janet McElgunn Flynn. "I am heading back to Marco Island, FL, this winter and would love to hear from any classmates." Virginia Michelini Parks writes, "So proud to read about all the wonderful changes at Lasell." Having recuperated from a compound ankle fracture, Frances Mitchell Sherman is "back to full time quilting," and traveled to Kentucky for the annual quilt show. She says, "I have renewed contact with former roommate Elaine Budarz Wiatrowski. We email each other. Great fun to know her again." Shirley Read Lupien cruised to Tahiti, the Polynesian Islands and Hawaiian Islands. She will spend some of the winter in Florida with her oldest daughter and family. "We were blessed with two new grandchildren," writes Sara Rojas Casarella "Retired and living in Sun City, TX. What a wonderful life!" says Eleanor Sclare Mazur. Shirley Sherwood Adams recently acquired a motor home and "is looking forward to many great trips - coast to coast." Shirley has eight grandchildren. Before retiring in March 2000, Judy Stone Grabar was executive director of the Cheshire housing authority. She celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Alaska. She has four children who live close by. Judy often visits with Corinne Coyle Lydem and manages to see her sister in California, Mary Stone Leary '49, at least twice a year. Judy says, "We attend Lasell reunions together as we graduated five years apart." 1955 Judy Bowen Horky enjoys "traveling, golf and beauti- ful Pagosa Springs, CO." Judy would love to hear from classmates. Nancy Curtis Kem retired from the health science library in 1996. She has six children and six grandchildren. "We are now residing in a retirement community in York Harbor, ME," writes Patricia Downing Card. "We enjoy having few responsibilities and pleasant activities and surroundings." Ethel Griffin Browning writes, "Enjoyed seeing my roommate, Betty Goetz, after 47 years." After a diagnosis of breast cancer and then treatment, Eunice Kerkins Monticone is now substitute teaching and restarting her real estate business. She enjoys piano, pho- tography, golf, working with a breast cancer support group and playing with her six grandchildren. "Life is great." From Vancouver, WA, Sandra Lally Hovey writes, "Will retire from teaching at a Montessori school in June. Still keep in touch with my roommate, Shirley Palmaccio Stolfors. I enjoy the beautiful Pacific northwest." "What a fabulous time my roommate, Marilyn Meyer Herlin, and I had at her timeshare in Nantucket and at her beautiful home in Connecticut," says Valerie Montanez Barto. "Two-and-a-half year old grandsons continue to be the joy of our lives," writes Joan Murano Swanson. "Our grands now number six. They make our lives so sweet," writes Anita Royer Martin. After retiring from assistant to the associate dean of Ouinnipiac University School of Law, Nancy Tisler Hurley is working part-time for her parish church. She says, "I'm doing lots of traveling (just back from Albuquerque Balloon Festival) and enjoying my seven grandchildren." 1956 Suzanne Adams is still working but spends the winter in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our sincere condolences to Gail Frank Wells on learn- ing that her sister, Shirley Frank Kerner '45 passed away in March 2002. Gail says, "A very sad time without her." "Still enjoying Florida winters, Spencer (MA) summers and six grandchildren," writes Pattie Holland Bird. Pattie does a lot of quilting. Ann Pasquale Kibort is "traveling a bit, visiting chil- dren and immensely enjoying six grandchildren." In October 2002, Joan Polidor Selander retired after 18 years in the travel industry. "I have been so busy helping my daughter with her crafts projects. I don't know how I had time to work." Penny Rafkin Blake's 10 grandchildren "live up north so we fly up and down the east coast all year." Penny keeps in touch with Sandy Lavine Kanosky and Marilyn Blumenthal Kovnat on a regular basis. "I am not actually retired," says Kathryn Rohleder Oetting. "I resumed working for the Nevada State Legislature in January 2003." Kathryn has lived in Nevada for 11 years. She enjoys RVing, gardening, fishing, crafts and reading. Peggy Schwingel Kraft has been married 45 years, has three married sons and nine grandchildren. She says, "I serve on several non-profit boards, am a trustee on the Lasell board, play golf, and build doll houses and things in miniature. Ann Tucker Lojzim moved into her new home in rural northeastern Connecticut two days before Christmas. "What an experience," she says. Ann enjoys her two grand- children and the Florida Keys in March. Janet Whitney Buck travels 6-7 months a year. "With family in Arizona and friends in Florida, we alternate winters and spend most summers in the mid-west with our daughter and her family. LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 Class Notes 1957 "Sorry to have missed the reunion," writes Ann Bidwell Sanborn. "After 44 years, we're selling our house in New Hampshire and moving to an in-law apartment in Illinois. We're wintering in Florida. What a change." "Sorry I didn't get to reunion," writes Sandra Bristol Walters, "but I enjoyed a week in England and three weeks in France." Jane Coulter Langmaid and her husband moved to Alexandria, VA, just minutes from their former home of 32 1 V *"~ J, daughter, "the sunshine of my life," and a son. After attending a few reunions Carole had this to say, "It was great to connect again." Ann Reeves Burton saw roommate Starr Tupper Shannon in June in Florida, and saw Mary Ann Fuller Young in Chapel Hill, NC, during the Thanksgiving holi- day. She says, "Neat to connect again. Just like olds times." "Just love living in Cambridge (MA) near Harvard Square," writes Meade Simpson Fasciano. "Still volunteer- ing at the Museum of Fine Arts and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I have six grandchildren. Marsha Singer Marshall is retired and "is busier now than when I was working." She spends seven months in Sun City Center, FL and five months in Marlborough, MA. Marsha has three children and seven grandchildren. First a stay-at-home mom for 20 years, Nancy Spargo Goodridge is now in the workplace for 20 years. Currently, she cov- ers North America doing seminars on sell- ing. Nancy has three children and five grandchildren. She continues to "sing, play tennis, golf, gab and sip." Gail Winalski Burd raised three daughters and has four grandchildren. She reports, "I do crafts with shells and sell them in stores in Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee." Gail also makes beaded jewelry, paints step stools, plays golf and tennis. A mini reunion for the Class of 1957 in September in Freeport, Maine. (L to R) Audrey MacAdam Lowe, Millie Berg Cunningham, Gloria Guiduli, Muriel Hagerthy Meyer Joan Deshefy Patenaude will be spending four months in New England and the winters in Florida. She writes, "Would love to hear and keep in touch with Lasellites." Named national volunteer for 2002 for the University of Minnesota is Marcia James Carthaus. Marcia is heading south for the winter and enjoys the Naples (FL) greater leadership program for which she was selected. Lynn Johnson McCabe owns a travel agency. She has two children, four stepchildren and 10 grandchildren. Caroline Kill am Moller visited her daughter's family in England and enjoyed her two grandchildren. Caroline says, "I see Nancye Van Deusen Connor at trustees' meet- ings and often lunch with Joan Pethybridge Thompson and Bobbie Sturges Kraus. "Where are my buddies from the Class of '57?" asks Christine Palluotto Gaudio. "I would love to meet some of you in Boston. I am there almost every Monday. Whenever I drive by the Lasell campus, I get nostalgic." Carol Preater Feldmann planned a luncheon and shop- ping visit with Sue Stioup Gilbert and Ann Pearson Proctor '58 in Newport, RI. "I enjoy my grandchildren, and they all live nearby," writes Lori Rounseville Sanf ord. "Debbie Odgers Ruch, please write." Last June, Carol Swartz Kumin moved to Mashpee on Cape Cod. "We feel lucky to be near friends and relatives and would like to be in touch with anyone in the area." Carol frequently travels to California to visit son, daughter and grandchildren. Our sincere condolences to Patricia Tarracciano Ciccone on the death of her husband. "Raised a family of four and remain active at Lasell on the alumni board of management," says Nancye Van Deusen Connor. Nancy has worked as a real estate broker since the early '70s. 1958 "l lived in the Virgin Islands, traveled, worked as a travel agent, am married to the same man for 42 years, raised three children, have four grandchildren and am a very happy camper!" says Carole Bartholomew Dusseau. "We built a home near our son and his family in South Portland, ME," says Bev Bearse Sowerby. "I have had my heart for 12 years now and am doing real well." Jeanne Bradner Morgan says, "Retired and built our dream home in Hickory, NC. Never thought life could be this good. See you at reunion." In November 2002, some Lasell friends got together in NYC for fun, reminiscing and a mini-reunion. They were: Linda Braslow Lefkowitz, Sona Bedrosian Selverian, Gladys Mettler Biasotto, Carole Paolino Cohen. Laurie Ferrante Cannon is a deacon in her church and recently started a new business. "Looking forward to seeing everyone at reunion," writes Janet McPherson Pretto. Carole Paolino Cohen lives in Barrington, RI but spends lots of time at her condo in Waterville Valley, NH. She has a daughter, Cynthia Pliakas Smith '85, a grand- 1959 Junis Anderson Nicholson writes, "Covered almost 4,000 miles touring the national parks out west. The magnificent views defy description." Junis is planning to retire in 2003 and "looks forward to having more leisure time." Semi-retired and living in Colorado, Carol Anderten says, "I spent many years doing store and window dis- plays using many of the things I learned at Lasell." Carol has three children, one grandchild, and is thinking about getting labrador retriever #4. "We rejoice in the birth of our seventh grandchild," writes Linda Bailey Bolton. Carlene Hintlian Newell saw Joyce Mitchell Schrader at their 45th high school reunion (Arlington, MA). Carlene continues to teach health education. She is the grandmoth- er of four. "I love it all." "Life is good and full," writes Marilyn Miller Harris. "Days are filled with helping clients find and sell homes. Did some recent renovations on our home and had an engagement party for my daughter." Barbara Thompson Tubridy retired from her state job and is enjoying her new life. "I became a grandmother on Thanksgiving Day 2001. In July 2002, Joan Valentine Glasson became a grandmother. "Hi to all classmates and other Lasell gals. If you are in the Punta Gorda, FL area, call and lef s get together," writes Carolyn Wood Brox. 7960's 1960 Gail Badner Sargent is an elementary school teacher and grandmother of five. She asks, "Please help me find Janet Miller." Barbara Bogert Wahlberg says, "I enjoy being nana to my first grandchild (from my daughter, Susan Wahlberg Morch '88). I won my local golf club championship, and I would love to hear from others in the Class of '60." Faith Bowker Maloney says, "I had interesting volunteer and travel expe- riences and am a mother of two and grandmother of four." "My claim to fame - 1 am a grandmother of three," says Linda Eisenberg Hershfield. Minna Golden Levin has five grandchildren. "They live close by, and I see them all the time." A special request from Phyllis Gomberg McKinnon's sons: "Our mom passed away in August 1997. We would appreciate it if anyone who knew her would send us pho- tos, news clippings, etc. that you may have. Please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail: Jonathan McKinnon, P.O. Box 553, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785. We look forward to hearing from you." Jonathan and Graham. "We are both retired and are enjoying life with our grandchildren and traveling," writes Phyllis Gordon Heckt. Barbara Jacoby Adelstein is a substitute teacher in grades K-9. She says, "My granddaughter is my pride and joy." Barbara McAlary Kashar says, "I have two degrees, two kids, six grandbabies, traveled the world, changed careers and had one hell of a time." Michele Poirier Gorman was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Montessori Brooklyn Heights (NY) where her 4-year-old granddaughter is enrolled. "It provides a great excuse to see her." 1961 Carolyn Bird Murray writes, "I enjoy seeing Barbara Carberry Haddad, Donna Skillings Kessler and Sharon Handley House here in Maine. Barbara and I are in an aer- obics class together and Donna and I play golf." "All is well," writes Barbara Davis Delano. "We are planning an early 40th anniversary celebration in Orlando with our family." Faith Fuller Christopher says, "Married with two daughters and four grandchildren." Carol Healy McKinnon's son was married on the Cape in October 2002. Linda Grean Curtis attended the wedding festivities. "Up until 1979, my family was vagabonds, traveling from state to state because of my husband's jobs. In 1979 we came to North Dakota and have lived in Oakes ever since," writes Caroline Heck Crane. "I was a kindergarten teacher for 22 years and am in my third year teaching first grade." Gwen Johnson Redding reports, "My successful Scandinavian gift and food store will celebrate 10 years in May 2003." Our sincere condolences to Chase Kirschner Wilson on the death of her mother and uncle. Chase also lost six friends on September 11th. Melinda Neal Daniels is still doing interior design for commercial customers. "It was an exciting year. I did a British law firm and several other projects throughout New Once again the loyal reunioners of the Class of 1960 gathered for a fall getaway in East Sandwich, MA. They enjoyed antiquing, hiking, clamming, and lobster feast- ing. All are optimistic that their ranks will steadily increase by the big 50th event in Auburndale in 2010. If anyone from the "sensational class of 60" would like to join, please contact any member in the photo. They welcome suggestions for mini- reunions and are eager to extend the good feelings that are generated when they are together. (L to R) back row: Mary McCartney Kuhrtz, Barbara McAlary Kashar, Lynda Green Scourtis, Cricket Bigelow George, Karen "Kip" Kirk Macintosh; mid- dle row: Sue Spangenberg Straley, Faith Bowker Maloney, Rayna Caplan; front row: Joan White Martin, Linda Chiaramonte Mount, Elaine Waters Shaunessy, Fran Fleming Kennedy Class Notes LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 Rona Ruderman Goldstein '61 with granddaughter, Nina, a future Lasell girl. England." Our sincere condolences to Linda Norwell Gaulin whose aunt, Jane Norwell Chamberlain '43, passed away in March 2001. Linda has been teaching family and con- sumer science for 10 years. She keeps in touch with Georgia Beaumont Tramontano and Val Duval Pettinicchi. "Arizona continues to be a great place for us," writes Penny Pattee Matthew. "Our two daughters and families live here. We are fortunate to be a part of the lives of our two grandsons." Cynthia Pierro Martin is involved in community affairs and local theater and works in the business she and her husband own. She has two children and one grand- child. Betsy Schwingel Sullivan says, "I have been married for 40 years, raised four children, have six grandchildren, and have spent most of the years following my husband around the country while he was involved with profession- al baseball." "All is well in Myrtle Beach," writes Nan Sparks Hunter. The last of Nan's six children just graduated from college. Nan is still a marketing person for a timeshare. She says, "Lots of paid vacation. I love it. Next trip is Hawaii." 7962 "Moved to Tennessee from New York in March 2002 and love it here," writes Patti Gath Moessinger. Marcia Madden Heist is currently chair of the school committee in Brookline, MA. She says, "I love boating on Lake Winnipesaukee. Life is good." From North Carolina, Dee Orben Campbell writes, "love hiking, water-skiing and quilting. We had a wonder- ful family reunion in Vail." First-time grandma Linda Resnick Baer "is enjoying the opportunity to spoil my granddaughter." 1963 Bette Cole Greene is now retired and loves it. "We have a 24-foot motor home and travel from February to May to see this beautiful country." Bette has five grandchil- dren. Retired and living in Port Orange, FL, Judy Firth Haggett still plays tennis every day. Her four grandchil- dren all visited for Christmas and "we did Disney World." Judy is looking forward to her 40th reunion. Still working as a visiting nurse, Bonnie Hankin Cohen is married, has three adult children and five grandchildren. Sandra Harris is a financial planner for the past 16 years and lives in Los Angeles. She says, "Physical activity has become a passion of mine. Skiing, running (I'm a marathon runner) and hiking are what I love to do. I travel, go to the theatre, opera and movies. Life is great!" "I am vice president of our local branch of the Tennessee Jacksonian Button Club," says Sarah Hirst-Pitts. Sarah has three granddaughters. "Busy with job, church, swimming,'' writes JoAnn Jacobson. "Nice to hear from old friends at Lasell." Regarding her eastern Caribbean cruise, Eleanor Lamson Brewster says, "It was great fun, lots of relaxing." In her spare time Eleanor plays golf and enjoys her four grandchildren. Claire Lipton Zimmers' home is now in Boca Raton, FL. She says, "Twin granddaughters arrived on Mother's Day. It's a thrilling experience to be a grandmother." "Looking forward to our 40" 1 reunion," writes Mimi Robbins Kelly. Mimi and her husband spent time in Ireland this past summer, "looking up our past." She has seven grandchildren. Daryl Anne Schmid Anderson is president of the South County Museum in Narragansett, RI. She has two children and five grandchildren. "I am looking forward to seeing lots of classmates in May," says Karin Skooglund Bartow. Karin lives and works in Cambridge, MA with her life partner. "I help market visual artists and rep a line of handbags." Karin regularly sees Susan Albano Cowan and is in close touch with Midge Myles Miller and Margot Harcher Powell. Linda Welt Horowitz is still teaching and "fully enjoy- ing grandchild #1." 7964 "Love living and playing in Florida," writes Judith Adelson Wein. Judith's son got married, she became a grandmother for the first time and still keeps in touch with "Peachie" Goldman Resko. In 2001 Carol Bradley Sullivan moved from Raleigh, NC, to Hyannis on Cape Cod. She says, "We love it here. I see my dear friend Marsha Keyes Tucker." Carol has two grandchildren. Elizabeth Burdick Cantarine was named communica- tions manager for the Sarasota (FL) County government's public communications department. She is married 35 years and loves her life on the gulf coast. Elizabeth invites "Miss Chick's chicks to look me up if you're in the Tampa Bay area." "I had a wonderful reunion with classmates Ruth Sawyer Staley, Penny Brewster Martyn and Susan Tenney Noble in Colorado," says Lee Dunstane Vandermark. "Would love to hear from other house- Two Lasell friends and their husbands win a golf tournament The couples have been friends for 40 years. (L to R) Jim Scielzo, Lynne Andrews Scielzo '62, Kathy Tullock Godwin '62 and John Godwin mates." Living in Minnesota for the past 10 years, Nancy Huntington Stanton is an adrninistrative assistant for a small company, works four days a week and hopes to retire soon. "Recently moved from Sandwich to Mashpee (on Cape Cod)," writes Marcia Mactavish Syer. Marcia has two mar- ried sons and two grandchildren. Deborah MacVaugh Enders has downsized to a small- er home and spends summers in Ocean City, NJ. She says, "Life is good." She has a daughter and son and is enjoying grandparenthood. Susan Miller-Havens (Class of 1965 Nursing degree) was appointed to Harvard Graduate School of Education's Arts in Education Council. "I'm still traveling to England several times a year but no longer doing small group tours," writes Pat Perry Polidor. "I'm focusing on London while deciding which direction to take with the business. In the meantime, if s wonderful to concentrate on friends." Joy Raymond Carey enjoys kayaking, photography, biking, walking and fishing. "My architectural practice is thriving as many people are moving up here to Dutchess County, about two hours north of New York City," writes Darlene Smith Riemer. "Loving life in the quiet lobster village of Cape Porpoise (ME)," says Patricia Tassinari Smith. Busy with frequent houseguests, volunteering, gardening and trips. "I'm content and busy." 7965 Recently retired, Susanne Benz Sweeny is moving from her home of 20 years in Connecticut. She will live six months in Vero Beach, FL, and six months in Belmar, NJ. She writes, "Both homes are on the water. We plan on doing a lot of sailing, tennis, golf and volunteer work. Would love to hear from others in the class of '65." Sheryl Chapman Kammer writes, "My daughter, Tara Kammer '06, and I had great fun in the canoe race on par- ent's weekend. We lost but it brought back so many memo- ries of 1963-65." An invitation from Linda Foster Nixon: "Would love to see fellow classmates. Come to Chatham (on the Cape), and we'll picnic on the beach." Mary Harrison Lansing is moving from Illinois to Chicago in 2003. Her last child, a son, is getting married in Ireland. Marcia Lundgren Johns writes, "I enjoy visiting with Marilynn Paganelli Ugalde at book club once a month and enjoy staying in touch with Lynn Callis Brown. Any other classmates in the San Francisco bay area?" Jill Norton Weeks says, "All is well in Maine. It was a great summer for the beach. Five grandchildren and my card shop keep me jumping. Best to all." "My first grandchild was born in September 2002," writes Marilynn Paganelli Ugalde. "I've taken a year's leave of absence from the airlines to enjoy her and 'smell the roses.'" "We are so happy in our new condo which is only two miles from our former home of 37 years," writes Virginia Pedrick Searle from Amherst, NH. 7966 Colette Cavanaugh Clark is eagerly anticipating their move from Georgia to North Carolina. "Our house sits on the side of a mountain with a view of the smokies." After living in the San Francisco Bay area for 31 years, Nancy Ferrier Grosjean decided it was time for a change and moved to Medford, OR. "The pace is slower, and we are really happy. Would love to hear from the old gang." "I've been living in Virginia Beach for 33 years but still miss New England," says Linda Hohwieler Carpenter. "My husband and I go to Gloucester, MA every summer for our vacation." Linda has been teaching school for the past 20 years. She has one daughter, two stepchildren and a "precious 3-year-old grandson." An update from Linda Holch Gordon: "We have two grandchildren living nearby. We still head for Nantucket in August and have some time for traveling." This past summer, Marcia Moore Reed vacationed in New Hampshire with Linda Condike Ritchie. Marcia says, "I celebrated my 35th wedding anniversary in August. A happy journey together." Jeanne Orsi Froelich writes, "Spent a wonderful week- end in July 2001 with Sharon LeVan ather beautiful lake- side home. Also enjoyed seeing Janice Breft Wilcox, Ginny Wolf Bradley, Bunny Ferris Flint and Nancy Olson. Thirty-five years later and still so much to laugh about." Jeanne has six grandchildren. 7967 Martha Begley Hertel says, "It is busy times." She has two in college. After two years in Maine, Bonnie Bunce Clark is back in Colorado. Bonnie still does lots of skiing, biking and camping. Heather Hines Peterson frequently meets Aimee Gutmann Gage at conferences in Texas. Both are nursing colleagues. "New York City is back to normal, and I love working here," writes Bonnie Kamerdiner Marsano. She loved her vacation in Mexico and plans to go back every year. "Would love to hear from any of my classmates. Judy Taylor, Barbara Simpson Filoso and Martha Rorty LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 Class Notes Boiardi. where are you?" asks Carol Scielzo Horn. For the last 15 years, Elizabeth Webb Cheney has worked in institutional advancement. She is currently working on an old farmhouse with a friend and looking forward to the day when "I can enjoy it rather than worry about it. I love hearing from classmates and friends from Lasell." Susan Young Charton has two sons, one in college and one who graduated. 1970's At Katherine Steinmetz Datei^s son's wedding, a mini Lasell reunion. (L to R) front row: Katherine Steinmetz Dater '66 and Martha Wright Potter '65; back row: Karen Pedersen Silverthorn '65 and Martha's daughter Carolyn Potter J 968 "It is hard to believe that 34 years have passed since graduation. I will welcome reunion," says Lisa Altshuler Freidus. When Lisa turned 50, she celebrated with new friends and old "(three gals from Lasell were able to make it — Marsha Gordon Bornstein, Carol Johnson Hodgdon and Edie Hogsett Whitney). What a wonderful evening!" Cathy Lutz Laneri works part-time as a paralegal in a small law firm. She says, "I am busy traveling and golf- ing." Sue Pegues Owen lives and teaches in Yorktown, NY. JoAnn Shattuck Wilson volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul in Laconia, NFL and "is enjoying every minute." She writes, "Hi to Cindy Dowd, RosaLinda, Nancy, Priscilla, Linda and all those of Haskell House." Sherry Swain Dey is a private, geriatric-care manger and eldercare consultant in the Greenwich /Stamford area of Connecticut. Last year she started her own business, Aging Connections. I have lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Basin," says Kay Thompson. "I am now set- tled in California and miss old friends." 7969 "Hey Karandon Cuties. Where are you? Let's keep in touch," writes Anne Coe Judge. Mary Anne Conboy is active in Drum and Bugle Corps activities. Dana Cooper Purvis enjoys working as a church secre- tary, helping her husband with his business and playing with her grandson. "We had a great trip to Cannes, France." After selling her B & B, Betsy Gimbel Ratner moved to Milford, CT. Now an education consultant, Betsy works with school districts, universities and education resource centers. She is also an author. Shelley Gray Krug traveled to New Zealand and Australia. Her son was married in May 2002. Susan Hartsig Lek is a self-employed, financial consul- tant in NYC. She is an active volunteer and president of her block association. Susan has one child. Lydia Jewell Fardy finds it fulfilling to teach young children to read. "I would love to hear from Karla Englund Thompson, Kathy Anders and Linda Citro Genovese," writes Sharon Murphy. Nancy Rosenthal Klein is a substitute elementary school teacher and a New Jersey realtor. She has two daughters. Our sincere condolences to Brenda Sherman Baer whose 23-year-old son, P.J., died when his car hit black ice in January 2002. Brenda and her husband live in the home her parents left her in Framingham, MA. "We travel all over the world because of my husband's job. We spend some time in Boca Raton, FL in the winter, trying to golf," writes Leah Smith Schneier. 7970 Yvonne Batocko Coyle writes, "Three kids, moving all over the country, starting over, crying and laughing a lot." Paula Finnegan is a Reading Specialist /Title I Coordinator at an elementary school in New Hampshire. After taking an architecture course, Paula designed her new home and then had it built. She travels extensively and loves to motorcycle, run, ski, kayak and sew. Deborah Kimerling Schneider has a consulting busi- ness and three teenage sons. "I would love to hear from any of the old gals," writes Linda Larsen White. Leigh Pansini Fanuzzi worked in the family business and does charity work. She has two children. "I am married for 27 years to the guy I met in Bermuda on spring break in 1970," writes Marianne Thomen Williams. "I have traveled through the U.S. and lived in California for three years before settling in New England. I would love to hear from the Karandon Cuties of '69 and '70." 1971 "I've been teaching at Tilden High School in Brooklyn, NY since 1978," writes Ellin Blumberg Singer. Cyndie Cassidy McManus says, "I stayed married, raised two children, taught high school, did visual mer- chandising, developed a new career, and moved, and moved and moved again." "I had two solo photo shows in 2002, both displayed in central Connecticut," writes Mary Hobler Hyson. "I've got two kids in college and one married. Where does the time go?" "My daughter, Jessalyn Peterson '03, will be graduat- ing from Lasell in May. She has had four wonderful years and can't believe it went by so quickly," writes Cynthia Jorgensen Peterson. Nancy Kuehl Mayo retired from a position in social services and started a second career in insurance. Nancy plays the piano and rides horses. She and her husband cel- ebrated their 25th anniversary last year. They have two daughters. In 1985 Mary Wilson Boegel and her husband started a company that designs and manufacturers rehab therapy equipment for children and adults with physical disabili- ties. From Capitol Hill in D.C., Susan Wysocki writes, "My work at the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health where I am president and CEO is chal- lenging and fun." Susan launched a practical journal on women's healthcare for nurse practitioners this past year and has done interviews on radio, TV and for the print media on topics in women's health. 1972 Bonnie Berman Wugman worked in retail manage- ment and then in sales and development for a non-profit. Sue Boshers Jefferson graduated Simmons College with an M.L.S. in library science and works as a reference librarian. Susan Havens Trapani has been busy raising a family of seven children and teaching first grade. Nancy Keefe Phillips, a senior accountant in Waltham, MA, attended Lasell in 1970-1971. She says, "I enjoyed my year there, and my daughter is attending Lasell, Class of 2005." Linda Marino Freeman has worked in many phases of nursing, from in-service educator to intensive care, to school nurse, to IV therapist to visiting nurse. She says, "I am looking forward to reconnecting with Lasell class- mates." Joanne White Bartlett is attending graduate school for school counseling. She says, "I am glad to find that my brain still works. It is both challenging and stimulating." Nancy Zuber Perry enjoyed a "fabulous" cruise of the Baltic. She spent three "great days" on the Cape with Gail Kaufman Furgal and Paula Power Spirlet. 1973 Barbara Barbieri McGrath, author of the "M&M Counting Book" (which has over a million copies in print), the "Cheerios Counting Book" and several other children's books, spoke at the Middleboro Public Library (MA) in November in honor of National Children's Book Week. Barbara visits schools across the country giving interactive presentations and encouraging children to write. 1974 Beth Ballard, Debi Bradley Severance, Susan Curry Soucy, Jill Greenleaf Kells-Murphy, Jill Mills Cozens, Pat Raposa Reineke and Suzy Shaw Allen celebrated 20 years of friendship during a weekend trip to Boston. "A great time was had by all." Elaine Goldman is associate director of the Career Education Center at Simmons College in Boston, MA. "I counsel students and alumni in all areas of career counsel- ing and exploration." Barbara Hirschfield Henry is the first selectman in Roxbury, CT, a position she's held for the past 4-1/2 years. Harolyn Klawans Small has been teaching at the same school for 10 years. She says, "I have been happily married for 23 years and have two kids in college. Would love to see Debby, Shelly, Sally, Gayle and the gang." Living on Cape Cod, Lucy Lindeman Carty sells Avon products and runs a charter boat business out of Barnstable Harbor with her husband. She has two daughters. Elaine Zlotin Feldberg says, "I'm married, started a company with my husband and am in the process of rais- ing three incredible children." 1975 "I am working at the high school guidance department to help pay for my son's college expenses next year," says Barbara Beck Cohan. "I miss my twin, Pat Beck Lang, who lives in California. Hugs to roommate, Patti Narlo Bleauana. Seems like yesterday." "Hello to all in the class of '75," writes Betsy Betzold Miller. "I'm still helping to keep Texas colorful from my Houston art studio - painting and playing in clay and teaching aspiring Picassos." Lynda Sweeney Hunt is remarried and has three daughters and two stepchildren ranging in age from 11 to 26 years. 1976 Debra Alperin Cameron is an exercise enthusiast and in May 2001 participated (and finished) the 60-mile Avon Breast Cancer Walk. She has three children, is an active volunteer and waitresses a few nights a week. Theresa Gillis Bomal has two children in college. Jennifer Hughes Bardsley is an interior designer and owns her own firm since 1985. She lives in Hingham, MA with her husband and two children. 1977 Carol Goldberg Friedman is head of the home goods division of a company in Rhode Island where she special- izes in product development. Married for 25 years, Carol has two daughters. "Enjoying my balancing act between work and pre- teens /teens," says Lynne Pantaleo-Congdon. "Working in the community as a psychiatric nurse with chronic mental- ly ill clients keeps me on my toes." Lynne would like to hear from Gardner House and McClelland friends. "I look forward to hearing from all the neat friends from those crazy, fun-filled, growing-up years at LJC! If any of you see this, please contact me." Cindy Pine Spittel combined her love of art and psy- chology while at LaseU to become, along with her husband, co-owners of the Newton (MA) Memorial Art Company, a company that designs and carves gravestones. Cindy doesn't solicit business, relying instead on word of mouth. She has no intention of expanding the business because "I've always felt like it takes a special kind of dedication. For me, death has always been a part of life." 1978 Susan Allen Melanson has been appointed mortgage originator at the GFA Federal Credit Union where she is responsible for helping members obtain or refinance real estate and equity loans. She has more than 20 years experi- ence in the financial services industry. Lori Bushey Blades is a healthcare consultant with First Consulting Group. She lives in the North End (Boston) and "loves it." She has two children. Alison Ix Lutes is busy with her two children. "They've had preschool teachers from Lasell!" She has enjoyed mini reunions with McClelland and Gardner friends, "but where are those crazy Carpenter ladies from '79?" About Lasell, Alison says "You'd be amazed what Valentine Hall/Eddie's looks like!" Sheree Loftus is working toward her Ph.D. in nursing at UMass Amherst. She enjoys skiing with her husband and son. "Is there anyone out there who remembers me?" asks Carrie Lyons Bajana. 1979 From Wisconsin, Judith Kuchachik Fletcher writes, "I am married 14 years, have two daughters and one yellow lab." Judith is an at-home nurse/homemaker." She says, "Of course we follow our Green Bay Packers." Class Notes LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 1980's 1980 Alexandra Brown Kandola graduated from Bentley College with a B.S. in marketing. She works at a private Montessori school in Duxbury, MA. "Where are all the 1980 classmates now? Write to Lasell Leaves and let us know," writes Diane Greenwood Heckler. Diane celebrated 17 years of marriage and has three girls. Maryann Simonoko Buckingham "has two beautiful little girls" and moved back home to Suffield, CT. 1981 "Hello friends from '80, '81 and '82. My how Lasell has changed," writes Jayne Blair Lindo. Philippa Reams Calabrese says, "I lived in Boston (had a blast), got married, have three children, went back to school, worked." Debra Learmonth is a certified emergency nurse, received an MSN in administration and a post-Master's family nurse practitioner certificate. She lives in New Hampshire and has a 4-year-old daughter. "Recently celebrated 21 years at the Connecticut Post newspaper," writes Lisa Otzel Turner. Her son is a fresh- man in college and her daughter will start kindergarten in the fall. 1982 Sandra Davidow accepted the position of senior devel- opment associate at Hadassh, a national women's organi- zation that raises money to support a major medical center and colleges in Israel. Hailing from Colorado Springs, Sara "Natasha" Kent is self-employed. She also teaches graduate business courses for The University of Phoenix Online. Cynthia Nagy Schoonover has been living in Minnesota for six years and has two children. Diane Raymond Grillone says, "Hi Roz and Ginny. What are your addresses or write to me." From St. Cloud, FL, Rita Wickham Kilinski Talbo called in an update. She is an admissions /staff nurse on the oncology unit at a local hospital as well as a parish nurse. Rita coordinates seminars on weight management, teaches babysitting to teens and organizes a health fair once a year. In her spare time, Rita is working toward her bachelor's degree in alternative medicine. 1983 Pauline Alldred has worked in three different hospitals and in a number of specialties. She says, "I'm working on a novel and will continue writing when I retire." Caroline Knoener-Skowronek writes, "My new son is growing like crazy. He will be a future Lasell student and tremendous opportunities both clinically and in manage- ment. Thanks Lasell. Kudos to the Class of '85." Patti Gold Fischer is working and raising "two won- derful boys." Cathy Hennessy Summers, an attorney with a special- ty in health care services, presented a program, "Advocating for yourself (or someone you love) in today's hurried health care system." Lauren Miller-Cattel is a human resource manager for a nursing home in Bristol, CT. She adds, "I have been a member of the Greater Hartford Jaycees for the past 10 years. In 2000 1 received an international award for service to the community and have been recognized for my service by the state of Connecticut. I also met my husband there. I would love to hear from anyone from my class." "I worked at Boston Medical Center for 15 years," says Christine Perry Ryan. "I am now a stay-at-home mom and have three children. I work per diem a couple of days a week." Arlene Strauss lives in Woodstock, GA with her dog, Chassy. She says, "I am enjoying my house and friends. I started a business a year ago, a concierge and personal assistant service." 1986 Jennifer Leonard says, "I've been out of the loop for a while and am back in New Jersey. I am a part-time nanny and work in a print shop. I paint murals whenever possi- ble, as art is one of my passions. I miss the girls at Gardner. How are you all? I'd love to hear from you." 1987 Lisa Foley was appointed director of maternal child health nursing at The Childbirth Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. Lisa is certified in high-risk obstetrics and external fetal monitoring and is a neonatal resuscitation program instructor. "My dream is to sing for a living," writes Kimberly Luf kin. "I completed a demo tape and sent it out. Everybody keep your fingers crossed." In memory of her sister who died of leukemia, Kimberly participates in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk and has raised over $50,000 in the last six years." Amy Schuller Kennedy says, "I have been happily married for 10 years and have three wonderful children." 1988 Theresa Chabot is a self-employed, independent dis- tributor for Discovery Toys and Herbal Life International. She has two children. Colleen Darois Cleaves is excited to have her husband home safe from military duty in Bosnia. He arrived home in time for the birth of their second child. They built a home in Brockton, MA, and Colleen drives a school bus. "Another great year for my American Heart Walk," says Wendy Gromko White. "$850,000 was raised to help fund cardiovascular research." Susan Scichilone Presti is working on a Bachelor's degree in business adminis- tration. She has two daughters. Susan Wahlberg Morch worked as a health and welfare administrator /consul- tant, but is now staying home with her daughter. 1989 "I am presentiy a stay-at-home mom and have two little girls, but I do some consulting work from home. Would love to hear from old friends," writes Carol E in arson Towle. In 1995, Jill Fucci Spell opened a restaurant in Shelburne, VT. "I thought that was a lot of work, but it is nothing compared to motherhood." Lisa Tomaselli Oen is working as an innkeeper and is almost finished with a 2- year culinary program in Farmington, CT." Susan Isely Prescottano '84 and Eileen Ryan Bianchi '84 attend the wedding of classmate Patty Lambert Shaw '84 in October 2002. 1990's will not get into as much trouble as his mother." Lisa Micalizzi-Etherington says, "I have worked, been married for almost 16 years, have one son and seven pets." 1984 Linda Simensky Mayer works part-time as a speech /language pathologist for the Palm Beach (FL) school system. Married for over six years, Linda has a daughter and a son. 1985 Dawne Burnham Mortenson is a clinical coordinator at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She says, "I have enjoyed tremendous experiences and have before me 1991 Bari Schwartz Perales says "I am a stay-at-home mom and enjoy spending time with my two sons." 1992 "I'm going on my eighth year of selling real estate and find it as enjoyable as when I started," writes Lee Anderberg Brown. She is building a new house in South Londonderry near Stratton Mountain, plays as much tennis as possible and hikes with her retriever. Jennifer Barkhausen Nanke reports, T worked in numerous places, got a hairdresser license, married, and traveled." Catherine Gill is working as a custody consultant at Brown Brothers Harriman in Boston. She says, "All of my wonderful life experiences were made possible by the con- fidence that was fostered in me by the dedicated staff at Lasell (Joe Aieta and Ken Matheson to name a few)." Kristin Melone Lakacha is working at the Boston Copley Marriott and has "healthy twin girls." Jillian Peterson Hines writes, "Enjoy being able to stay home and raise my four kids. Still skiing and looking to play soccer again. It is hard to be in my 30's and trying to do all the things I did when I was 18. Hope you are all well!" Michelle Strathie completed a Master's degree in men- tal health counseling and is working with the elderly. She lives in Hudson, MA. 1993 "I have been working for Verizon Communications for the past five years," writes Kristin Clisham Faivre. "Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet '95 hosted my baby shower and Branch Robinson attended." "Since graduation I have been enjoying life in so many ways," writes Brandi Robinson. "After working in human services, I made the switch to marketing. I am not married nor do I have any children but am just having fun daring until I meet Mr. Right." 1994 "Our 10th year reunion is coming up. Be sure and update your contact information. I'll be looking for you," writes Kristine Bell Smith. Kristine is the director of resi- dence life at Mount Ida College in Newton MA. "I absolutely love my job, and it is very near to good old Lasell!" Stephanie Kotsifas Karner has been living in Vermont for over six years. "We love being homeowners and spend all our spare time working in our garden or on renova- tions. As of now we have a cat and a dog. I would love to hear from old friends." 1995 For the past four year, Pamela Austin has been work- ing as a case manager and hospital liaison with the mental- ly ill population. She writes, "I am pursuing a Master's in social work and plan to graduate in May 2003." Jennifer Bergeron owns a business called Companionize It Inc., which creates quality-of-life enhancement products. Lorin Green handles quality assurance and some web development for the IT department of a financial firm. Debbie Lestch says, "I am on the Board of Management at Lasell and am on campus a lot. There are many great new changes since I left!" Shannon Muller moved to Dallas in 1996. Nobuko Migita says, "I have been teaching English in Japan since graduation. I get to meet different people every day. I also learn about the cultures of other countries through the teachers from around the world." Crystal Olson Petz worked for a nursing home, "but am currently raising my two children and expecting a third." 1996 Christiana Chamatsos was appointed early childhood director of the North Suburban Jewish Community Center in Peabody, MA. Heather Mulvihill has a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in elementary education with a specialization in instructional technology. Nicole Positano White works for the Air Force as a hotel general manager. She says, "Jessica Bouvier '94 was a bridesmaid at my wedding." Mary Rocha Evans is assistant vice president and accounting manager in the finance department at the Cape Cod Bank and Trust. Kimberly Simpson is living in Virginia Beach and working in physical therapy but hopes to be back in Maine soon. Jami Zaiatz Stebbins is a stay-at-home mom and "lov- ing every minute of it — from story hour at the library to swimming lessons and play dates with friends. Can't wait to add sports in the mix!" 1997 After living in Michigan for two years, Diana Brown Everhart is back in Massachusetts. Michelle Lane has a one-year-old daughter. Carta DiNatale Smith works in Wellesley, MA and bought a home in Milford. "My husband and I just bought our first home in Brockton MA, " says Barbara Ortega-Alicea. "We have a lot of work ahead of us, but are happy to have a piece of the American dream. Our daughter is enjoying our new backyard. Would love to hear from all of you." 1998 Julie Allen Clayton was recently welcomed to the Appletree Bay Physical Therapy practice in Colchester, VT. She is certified as a strength-training specialist and incor- porates this into her day-to-day life. Her recent purchases include a condo, puppy, kitten and motorcycle. LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 Class Notes Since graduation Kim Brazil has been taking courses at U-Mass/ Boston part-time and working part-time. Michelle Miller Smith is an infant head teacher for Bright Horizons in South Plainfield, NJ. She is trying to start her own family daycare. Stacy Rawson Sheldon is working nights at the Lahey Clinic so "I can spend my days with my son." Carissa Templeton writes, "Planet Alumni (Lasell's online interactive community, http://lasell.planetalumni.com) is a great website. We should use it to keep in touch." "I work in an intensive care unit at a small community hospital and love it," says Lori Walker Maag. She also works as a consultant for a scrapbook-photo album compa- ny, helping people preserve their family memories. She and her husband own a condo in Oxford, MA. 1999 Rosa Andrade was one of 14 adults honored at the first Boston Peace Party held at the Harvard School of Public Health in October 2002 for her work as a youth outreach worker for the Cape Verdean community. Rosa also advo- cates for young people who are considered a danger to the community. She is working toward her Master's in social work at Boston College Graduate School. Heidi Kuchinsky is director of The Goddard School in Braintree (MA), a childcare center that serves children six weeks to six years." Julie McLaughlin works in the travel industry and is looking forward to going back to school part-time to earn a Bachelor's degree. Janna O'Brien is a teacher's aide in a special education program at Newton North High School and loves it. 2000's 2000 Aimee Abdallah is site director for the before-and after-school program at a local elementary school in New Hampshire. She is contemplating graduate studies in cre- ative writing and planning a move to Albuquerque, NM. Erin Andrews is going into her third year of teaching 7th grade math and is looking forward to starting a Master's in education. She says, "I am still living in Brockton with my parents and brother, hoping to get my own place once I get out of school." "Work, work, work, " says Gina Cunha. Cathryn Metivier Forrest works for Educational Consultants in Waltham, MA, an agency that provides home- and school-based services to autistic children. Attendees at Cathryn's wedding in August included Andrea Beaulieu Eaton and Siobhan Smith '02. Amy Vinton says, "Since graduation I've been working for Milford Whitinsville Regional Hospital as a clinical rehab aide. I'm also working inpatient at the hospital as their first COTA." 2001 Jinette Dumont is working toward an MSW degree at the University of Michigan. She says, "I am interested in working with immigrants and refugees in an assisted-liv- ing community. 2002 Gustavo Batista is working at Cherokee Foods as a trainee for the director of international relations. "Congratulations Class of 2002," says Tracy Cameron. Regarding her status as a graduate student in social work at Simmons College, Shelby Derissaint writes, "I have great professors who really care about teaching, and the students are competitive but helpful. The program is great. I look forward to finishing school." "Hey guys, we can always keep in touch," says Lawens Fevrier. Carrie Trombley works in the children's department at a bookstore in Manchester, VT but says, "I plan to teach next year after the craziness of my first married year ends." She and her husband moved into a new apartment and are busy setting it up. TMtfm Marriages Constance Wilbur '46 to Fred Starr in June 2002 June Valter '58 to Philip Harding on August 14, 2002 Brenda Sherman '69 to Charles Baer on June 6, 1999 Susan Wysocki '71 to John Richardson in July 2001 Jill Blanchard '85 to Matthew Sommer on July 5, 2002 Denise Lines '85 to Daniel Sullivan on March 16, 2002 Jill Fucci '89 to Adam Spell in November 1999 Susan Mainieri '94 to Peter Rossignol Nicole Positano '96 to Jonathan White on June 16, 2002 Mary Rocha '96 to Henry Evans on September 11, 1999 Jami Zaiata '96 to Eric Stebbins in July 1999 Diana Brown Everhart '97 on January 2, 1999 Carla DiNatale Smith '97 on May 18, 2002 Christine Zannino '97 to Domenic DeSantis on June 23, 2002 Michelle Miller Smith '98 on May 26, 2001 Sonia Provost '98 to Brian Emanuelson on June 8, 2002 Stacy Rawson '98 to Stephen Sheldon on September 11, 1999 Jessica Rudolph '98 to Jason Curtis on July 13, 2002 Lori Walker '98 to Kenneth Maag on November 3, 2001 Wendy Christensen '99 to Brian Berkeley on August 11, 2001 Rosalie Vidal Perez '99 in July 99 Cathryn Metivier '00 to James Forrest on August 2, 2002 Angela Pelletier '00 to Ronald Vachon II on July 23, 2000 Amy Bronson '01 to Mathew Christy on July 20, 2002 Kellee Cormier '02 to Michael Miller on August 18, 2002 Carrie Trombley '02 to Milton Gardner III on October 19, 2002 Aimee Goodwin to Scott Abbotts (men's varsity volleyball coach) on June 15, 2002 Births Colleen Darois Cleaves '88, a daughter, Alanna Rose, on April 28, 2002 Susan Wahlberg Morch '88, a daughter, Emily, on April 6, 2001 Jill Fucci Spell '89, a son, in November 2000 Kristin Clisham Faivre '93, a son, in October 2001 Jennifer Mullin Casella '94, a daughter, Brooke Isabella, on July 19, 2002 Kristine Dalton Walker '95, a son, Zach, on January 29, 2002 Kimberly Simpson '96 in October 2001 Jami Zaiata Stebbins '96, a son, in May 2000 Heidi Kuchinsky '99, a daughter, in 2000 Deaths Constance Allen Moyer Dunbar '18 on October 9, 2002 Mildred Whyte Goddard '25 on December 18, 2002 Eleanor Kennedy Blanchard '27 Prudence Christy Johnson '29 Isabelle "Belle" Daggett Wilson '29 on January 4, 2003 Marion Simpson Lunt '29 on July 30, 2002 C. Camille Williams Harvey '30 on June 30, 2002 Natalie Park '32 on October 15, 2002 Barbara Stanley Ulrich '32 on January 17, 2003 Mary Buckley Whelan '36 on July 31, 2002 Europa Harris Sherburne '36 on April 19, 2002 Marian Mapes Duncan '36 on July 14, 2002 Meredith Johnson French '37 on October 9, 2002 Marie Bruns Dodge '38 on October 1, 2002 Mary Frigge Teschner '38 on November 1, 2002 Elizabeth "Betty" Jackson Dunning '38 on January 12, 2003 Elizabeth McCausland Jewell '38 on August 4, 2002 B. Lee Shepard Wilgus '38 on January 3, 2003 Muriel Blackwood Spofford '39 on July 7, 2002 Mary Hale Shaner '41 Mary Makes O'Connell '41 on July 23, 2002 Betty Sayles Davis '41 in June 2002 Shirley Dawson '42 in 2002 Shirley Egglefield Royal '42 in February 2001 Margaret Homan Kreter '42 on September 20, 2002 Dorothy Quilty Flynn '42 on September 13, 2002 Barbara Birch Manning '43 on November 5, 2002 Jane Norwell Chamberlain '43 on March 21, 2001 Barbara Scott Wilson '43 on November 21, 2002 Elaine "Bunny" Curtiss-Dillon '44 on January 10, 2003 Anne Fisher Stewart '44 on January 25, 2003 Sarah Hitchon Peck '44 Priscilla Perley Kerans '44 on November 10, 2002 Shirley Frank Kerner '45 in March 2002 Arlene Dutt Mason '46 on November 15, 2002 Eleanor Lincoln Cosgrove '46 on November 6, 2002 Michelle Hires '48 Carolyn McLay Holden '48 on January 6, 2003 Jean Gilmore Cook '49 on October 28, 2002 Laura Eckert Gatto '50 on September 28, 2002 Norma Appleyard '51 Marjorie Cushing Gershaw '51 on September 29, 2002 Janet Wyman Meade '51 on October 26, 2002 Janet Woodward Powers '51 on May 16, 2002 Jeanne Christiansen Lucas '53 Helen Pearlstein Golden '53 on October 9, 2002 Isabel Paolillo McCarthy '53 on October 11, 2002 Margaret Tomlinson Morrow '55 on June 6, 2002 Joan Descheneaux Ormsby '56 on September 21, 2002 Mary Lou Reich Payne '57 on June 20, 2002 Carol Santurjian Former '60 on October 2, 2002 Pauline Sarrazin Addison '61 on October 20, 2002 Mary Louise Herbert Shute '63 in March 1997 Nina Dotterer '64 Laura Lappin Gallagher '66 on November 9, 2002 Anne Williams Genock '67 on September 3, 2002 Leslie Muenzberg Neidhardt '73 on October 8, 2002 Amy Bernstone Cowan '78 Jane Anderson '78 on July 30, 2002 Bonnie Boyden '78 on July 19, 2002 Virginia Louise Tribou "Miss Tri" (former faculty) on January 22, 2003 Class Notes LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 Lasell Chorus Makes Its Debut HE FESTIVELY DECORATED LASELL HOUSE LIVING ROOM WAS FILLED TO capacity on December 12, in anticipation of the inaugural performance of the Lasell Chorus, which has been generously funded by Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36. The four Chorus members who performed were Alison Patricia Dube '06, Elizabeth Ann Landon '06, Tiffany Lee Pidacks '06, and Sylvie Helena Norian '06. Professor Ivana Pinho, Chorus director, had planned a program of holiday music which the students had been rehearsing diligently through- out the semester. As the first carol strains rang out, smiles appeared and soon residents' voices joined those of the chorus. Besides singing such favorites as "Jingle Bells," the Chorus also per- formed "Peace I Leave With You," which is based on a canon by Mozart, and an American spiritual entitled "This Little Light of Mine." As the program concluded, there was much applause. One Lasell House resident was heard to say, "Oh, that was wonderful, I just wish it could have gone on longer." The performance clearly gave everyone an enormous amount of pleasure and had sprinkled holiday joy through- out the group. During the fall semester, Chorus rehearsals were held once a week from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The students who sang received no academic credit but participated because music is a passion for them. For the spring term, rehearsals have been moved to the afternoon and the group is working on their Commencement performance. **- CAMPUS After their performance, the Lasell Chorus stood with their appreciative audience. Lasell in Top 20 for Commitment to Community Service In a PxECent report that ranks colleges according to percentage of work- study funds allocated to community ser- vice, Lasell was listed in the top 20 in Massachusetts. This is an affirmation of the emphasis Lasell places on its connected learning programming. Not only is the College dedicated to the suc- cessful incorporation of service to others through course-based projects, a service-based residence hall, a service scholarship program, and other initiatives, it also invests significantly in commu- nity service through its federal Work-Study Program, in which students earn aid through community service. "To be ranked number 19 in Massachusetts, in a report issued by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, is an affirma- tion of our development as a leading service- learning institution in higher education," says Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow. **• New Alliances Enhance Yamawaki Offerings JVLuSIC HAS FILLED THE YAMAWAKI Art and Cultural Center this year as a result of several new alliances that have been formed. In November, the New England Opera Club presented a program that honored Gian Carlo Menotti, who recently turned 90. Among Maestro Menotti's works is the television opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, which has been seen by more people worldwide than any other opera. An agreement has also been entered into with the Suzuki School of Newton, Inc., in which Yamawaki became the site for a series of three chamber music concerts. The first was in January and featured Emmanuael Feldman on cello, Pas- calle Delache-Feldman on double bass, and Joy Cline-Phinney playing piano. In March, faculty members of the Suzuki School gave a concert. The third concert will be held in May. The Suzuki School is no stranger to the Lasell Community, as it is involved with the Village in presenting musical functions which have brought multi-generational musicians and music lovers together in performance and learning. To have music become an integral part of both the Village and Yamawaki has added another welcomed dimension to the College's life. **■ SPRING 2003 "LANDSCAPES AND TRAVELS IN TURKEY" OPENING Yamawaki Gallery Hosts Steven Bellew Photography Exhibit THE OPENING RECEPTION for a photography exhibit by Steven Bellew titled, "Landscapes & Travels in Turkey" was held on February 9, 2003. Mr. Bellew's photographic career began in 1960 with the publication of an article in the National Geographic Society edu- cational journal. Long fascinated with landscapes, his photographs translate his respect and concern for the natural world. His work has appeared at the University of California at Berkeley, and in local Sierra Club publications. He has also received a grant from the America the Beautiful Foundation. Former trustee Carole K. Bellew '65 and her brother, photographer Steven Bellew, at his exhibit opening. LASELL LEAVES 13 CAMPUS Fashion Students' Work Displayed in Boston City Hall 1 HREE SENIORS IN THE FASHION DESIGN PROGRAM TOOK BOSTON CITY HALL by storm when their pieces were part of a display in its lobby this October. "An invitation was extended to Lasell to be part of an exhibit to promote Fashion Week in Boston/' explains Assistant Professor Joan Morris. "Four other schools participated and there was a total of 15 garments. "We were thrilled about the opportunity to promote both Lasell's fashion program and the work of the three students, Carla Mercurio '03, Thitima Sorakraikitikul '03, and Laura Miller '03. Carla' s dress is a draping design while Thitima and Laura's pieces are based on their ethnic back- ground but put into modern day design for a general market," Joan explains. "All three are quite unusual." Thitima, who is from Thailand, used the traditional pants that Americans are familiar with from the The King and I, as her inspiration. "I received the assignment when I was taking Technical Pattern last spring. The pants were very difficult, as they have no side seams. I used a very soft linen for them and the top, and the belt and the scarf are in a contrasting silk/' she explains. Like all senior fashion design majors, Thitima is currently at work on her senior collection, which will be shown at the spring fashion show. "My designs have a gypsy theme. They are color- ful and consist of many pieces. I brought the fab- ric with me from Thailand. I want to challenge myself and hope to start my own business in Bangkok once I graduate from Lasell." Laura Miller researched her family history and discovered she had some Swiss ancestry, which she decided to apply to her Technical Pattern eth- nic design assignment. "Switzerland made me think of the traditional folk dirndl, which I mod- ernized and did over as an evening dress in silver satin. I used the lacing which is typical of the dirndl on the front bodice and hand painted snow at the base of the skirt to depict the Swiss Alps." For her senior collection, Laura is putting together 15 bridal gowns and five flower girl dresses. With the encouragement of faculty mem- ber Elie Honein, a leading Boston photographer /graphic designer, she will also be having her own show at Marina Bay in Quincy, MA, making for a very busy senior spring. Unlike Laura and Thitima, Carla Mercurio '03 picked a dress for the City Hall exhibit that she had done for her last year's Draping class. "I enjoy making patterns by seeing how a fabric falls. I find it more creative and I'm inspired more by the fabric than by anything else," says Carla. It took Carla a half semester to complete the The Lasell students' pieces on display. dress that was exhibited at City Hall. "I had seen the fabric and when the draping project came up, I went right to the store and bought it," she says. The material is a printed plaid raw silk. With it, she created a fullskirted evening dress with lacing down the sides. Like all her fashion design cohorts, Carla is busy at work this semester on her senior collec- tion. "I'm hoping to have 12 pieces when I'm done, all of which will be evening and resort wear. I'll be using silks, laces, and bright colors." At the end of spring semester, these three seniors will have the pieces that were exhibited at City Hall in their portfolio, as well as their completed collections. By any standard, they will be well prepared for starting off on their fashion careers. **- Fashion Honors Students Head to Gettysburg .Tour fashion honors students packed their bags and headed to Gettysburg, VA this March for the spring conference of the Northeast Region of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NE-NCHC). "Having their presentation proposal titled, 'Clothing as Text: Conservation and Preservation of Historical Qothing' accepted was a great accomplishment for these women," said Steven Bloom, dean for the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the Honors Program. NE-NCHC is an organization of students, faculty, and administrators dedicated to the encouragement and support of undergraduate honors learning. The NE-NCHC provides its members with opportunities for the exchange of information, ideas, and assistance through its annual conference, its newsletter, and its Sleeping Bag Seminars. "The conference environment was enriching and the students' presentation showcased Lasell's unique fashion program. We are very grateful to Trustees Priscilla Glidden and Sally Andrews, and Overseer Robin Parry for the funding which made our participation possible," Steven Bloom continued. The four who attended the conference, Maura McCarthy '03, Carla Mercurio '03, Melissa Pante '03, and Caitlin Zmayefski '03, were all honors students in Professor Jill Carey's History of 20th Century Fashion class and worked for a year researching and designing an on-campus costume laboratory for the Goodwill Collection, which contains approximately 500 pieces of clothing and accessories of historical significance. They also met with curators from the Museum of Fine Arts and the Quincy Historical Society to discuss the techniques these institutions use to preserve their collections. "We prepared a PowerPoint presentation that gave an overview of what we learned about conservation and preservation," explains Carla Mercurio. "It also enabled us to display materials critical to the conservation of historical garments and showed how the Honors Program at Lasell provided a means for us to strengthen our work in our major." Left to right: Melissa Pante '03, Maura McCarthy '03, Carla Mercurio '03, and Caitlin Zmayefski '03 stand with the pieces they took to Gettysburg. The theme of the conference was "Civil War: Many Battles, Many Stories" and the students took two dresses from the 1860's with them. "One was a woman's day dress and the other a child's dress and they were both excellent See GETTYSBURG continued on page 15 14 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 ANNUAL FUND Director of Annual Giving Noni Linton The faithful donors who make their gifts every year, increasing them as they are able, are the foundation of this program, making it possi- ble for Lasell to provide funds for such programs as library resources, student financial aid, acade- mic and athletic programs, and a great deal more. In fact, 767 donors (32% of the total) were desig- nated as Lasell STARS in the Lasell College Report from the President for the 2001-2002 year because of their conscientious giving for 10 or more consecutive years. This is a truly wonderful achievement in a year that was filled with fundraising challenges. This year we are counting on our STARS and all of our faithful donors to help us reach another milestone total. Helping us in this effort are the alumni who serve as Reunion Coordinators/ Liaisons /Agents, contacting their classmates and urging them to come back to Lasell for Reunion Message from the Director of Annual Giving \Jn JUNE 30, 2003, THE LASELL COLLEGE ANNUAL FUND will close on what we hope will be the 12th consecutive year of record-breaking increases in the amount raised in support of annual unrestricted operating expenses. Weekend to see for themselves that Lasell is a wonderful College today. Those who return are invariably impressed with the new buildings, the thoughtful landscaping around new and old buildings, and the magnificent renovations to Winslow Hall which now serves the academic community so well with its state-of-the-art high-technology classrooms, faculty offices, and meeting spaces. Please consider joining our Lasell STARS by making a gift this year. And come for a visit if you have not been to Lasell recently. **• Noni Linton Director of Annual Giving Make it Simple, Make it Fast ... Giving Online Don't write a check. Don't pull out your wallet. Just log on to Lasell's Online Com- munity at http*7/laselLplanetalumni.com, scroll down to Online Donations on the bottom right, click on current cam- paigns, and voila, you'll see the Annual Fund. Click on donate to this campaign and you're in... you're golden... and we're more than grateful for your much-needed support. Don't forget, making an online donation is safe, secure, and just as tax-deductible as making a gift by mail. Thanks for supporting Lasell! Phonathon Rises to the Challenge .FOLLOWING ANOTHER HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL FALL SEMESTER, THE LASELL College Phonathon has certainly kept up its momentum into the spring. Much of the dri- ving force behind the student phoners is derived from the generosity of one alumna, Joan Howe Weber '51, who has agreed to match all new gifts and all gift increases to the Annual Fund up to $25,000 for this fiscal year. Fittingly deemed the Weber Challenge, student Annual Fund representatives enjoy informing Lasell's alumni of this extra incen- tive to support their alma mater. From left to right: Alexa Goscinski '05, James "JD" Duguay '05, and Heather Ely '04 talk about the Weber Challenge with alumni. Phonathon Captain Allison Blackmore '03 real- izes the unique opportunities the Challenge pro- vides as she prepares for her graduation in May. Having worked for the Phonathon during her entire tenure at Lasell, Allison feels that "the Weber Challenge invokes a sense of spirit among the alumni, and it truly shows that their money supports a familiar cause while benefiting the future alumni of Lasell, like myself." Senior Annual Fund representative James GETTYSBURG CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 examples of designs that were popular at the time," says Caitlin Zmayefski. "I'm so pleased that the hard work and effort that these students have put into this project was recognized and that they were given the opportunity to display their research," says Professor Jill Carey, who worked intensely with them. "They have a real passion for what they are doing and they have provided Lasell with a depth of knowledge regarding conservation issues." **■ Nason '05 details some of the many ways that Lasell and the Annual Fund can capitalize on this Challenge. "Even those alumni who have never previously supported Lasell financially seem to be impressed with the appeal a matched gift pro- vides." Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Phonathon Supervisor Lee Goldstein compares this year's Phonathon with the results of those previous. "There is a noticeable increase in the revenue this Challenge provides, not limited only to alumni donations and participation, but also highlighted in the student phoners' morale. This Challenge is an attainable goal and it benefits all." Aside from the Weber Challenge, the Phonathon continues to reconnect Lasell's past with the students of today. Alexa Goscinski '05, Senior Annual Fund Representative, sums it up during this, her fourth semester of phoning. "I always get a kick out of how excited some alums get when they realize that a student from Lasell is calling. They relate stories about their experi- ence at Lasell, and sometimes you don't even realize that you have been on the phone with them 20 minutes!" The hard-working students combined with the generosity of alumni and friends have allowed the Phonathon to rise to the Challenge. **■ INTERNSHIPS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 children were ecstatic and the women were so appreciative! "What has impressed me this semester is the great feeling I get when I do something for other people," Tanya continues. Missy Aiello '03, a Human Services major, concurs. She is work- ing at the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club in Newton, MA where she is involved with six- to 10-year-old children. "My internship has con- vinced me that I want to do community work after I graduate," Missy says. Clearly the learning experiences of Lasell interns run the gamut. Each student contributes an enormous amount of time and energy to their internship and for their efforts each is rewarded in a different way. **• SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES 15 I From the Director of Alumni Affairs... Dear Alumni: The buzz is starting to build and phone calls and emails are going back and forth among classmates making plans to come back for Reunion Weekend, May 16-18, 2003. Many of you have been to reunions before and dis- covered that there can be real magic in revisit- ing your past. Reunion class coordi- nators have talked to someone from each of the residence halls when you lived on campus and we are trying to put everyone in touch with a I"""^ ^F classmate. If you know of a classmate who has lost contact with Lasell and would like to be a part of Reunion, please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243- 2139 or email@example.com. Thanks to all of you for being such active, engaged alumni. Your presence at Lasell enriches us all. So, please stay in touch with us. We look forward to hosting you on cam- pus during Reunion Weekend. Thanks! Sincerely, Karen Gill, Director of Alumni Affairs Karen B. Gill Director of Alumni Affairs P.S. Do you have ideas or suggestions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS Alumni Trip to London Is a Smashing Success 1 WO MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1960, ANNE SUTHERLAND ROLLINS AND Sally Kemp Scammon, and June Economos, a Lasell Village resident, were the first to par- ticipate in an Alumni Association sponsored overseas trip. London was their destination and the group departed on November 14. "The trip was very well done," enthuses Anne. "I'd never been out of the country before and I would happily go on another Lasell adven- ture. It was smashing, and I only had to get out my umbrella once!" Anne and Sally met their freshman year in a Lasell music class and that was the beginning of a long friendship. "Our lives have been inter- twined since college. We used to live two streets away from each other, our children are the same ages, and we taught at the same school for five years. It was wonderful to be able to take this trip together," says Sally. "Every day was filled with new and interesting sights and experiences. We were so happy and excited to be there. "We did everything possible," Sally continues, "including learning how to use the London Tube and which way to look when you cross the street. We went on the London Eye, the millennium fer- ris wheel, and the views from it were breathtak- ing. We could see the Buckingham Palace gates shining in the sun. There's so much history and the architecture is so beautiful, we just wished we had more time." "I told my kindergartners that I was going to see the queen and she was actually in when we visited Windsor Castle," recalls Anne. "When I showed the class a picture of me standing next to Elizabeth that was taken at Madame Tussaud's wax museum, I really had them fooled. While we were having the photo taken, I kept wishing that my daughter, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Rollins Clough '84) was with me, as I always told her that she was named after the queen. "The other picture I had to have taken was for my son. He's a Beatles' fan and I wanted him to see me crossing Abbey Road. When I got back he laughed because unbeknownst to me, I had crossed it the opposite way from the Beatles. "I was just grateful to get across!" exclaims Sally. The tour took in everything from St. Paul's Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament, and in the evenings there were pub dinners and a theatre performance. "I am thankful for the opportunity that Lasell made available to us," says Sally. "My daughter Debbie Haven graduated from Lasell in 1980 and I hope she too will take advantage of all that the College offers. There's so much there for so many people." **• Anne Sutherland Rollins '60 and Sally Kemp Scammon '60 aboard the London Eye. ALUMNI GATHERINGS Are you a Florida snowbird? Please give us your address so that we can send you an invitation to events. Throughout the year, the President and members of the Institutional Advancement staff travel around the country to meet with alumni from all class years at Lasell gatherings. If s a chance to meet and network with other alumni in your geographic area while also hearing the latest information about Lasell. Please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243-2139 if you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc. The office creates and mails all invitations, so as host, all that is needed is to help make some follow-up phone calls. MAX '03 Friday — Sunday Auburndale, MA REUNION/COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND at Lasell College Campus SEPTEMBER, '03 SI Sunday Cape Cod, MA Woods Hole Golf & Country Club NOVEMBER, '03 w| Saturday Connecticut Valley Thursday New York City lj Saturday West Orange, NJ Boston Harbor - In October, the Lasell College Leadership Donors set sail on a three hour cruise around Boston Harbor and saw this wonderful vista of the city upon returning to the dock. New York City alumni enjoyed brunch in Manhattan while hearing from Social Studies Assistant Professor Sidney Trantham (front right). Brunch was fol- lowed by a matinee of The Producers. Cape Cod alumni learned about Lasell Village from Dean Paula Panchuck at the Hyannis Yacht Club. Some Connecticut Valley alums were able to hear what's happening at Lasell from the students' point of view when Troy Wall '05 joined them at lunch. 16 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS Lasell Online Community In an ongoing effort to keep our alumni constituency involved in the life of Lasell College/ we have imported the records from our database into our Online Community. Almost 700 of you have signed up and we want to have everyone else in the system so we can communicate and interact with each other. If you have attended any alumni events this past year, please log in, go to Reunions /Events, click the event you attended under past events, and then click photos. If you are already a member of the community, thanks for helping our community grow! We want to ask that you now go to your profile page to be sure your information is accurate and up to date. Please go to http://lasell.planetalurrtni.com, log in and then click on the "edit personal info" link located on the left side of the page to access your profile information. If you are new to the community then you can log in NOW following these simple instructions: Steps to join the online community: • Go to http://lasell.planetalumni.com • Click on the "Login" link located on the left side of the page • Click on the link that says "If you have received a temporary login and password from your community, you may log in by clicking here. " • Enter your temporary username and password as instructed on the screen • Complete the registration fields and then you are ready to start interacting in the community! Community features include: • Email forwarding for life • Member directories, message boards & real-time chats • Online clubs and mentoring • Networking, business card exchange & job listings • Donations online • Reunion planning and event calendars, and photo albums • Downloadable "Lasell Leaves" and other publications We also understand that you may not wish to be listed in Lasell's Online Community and /or receive messages from Lasell and you certainly have the option to be removed. Simply reply back to this message with "Please remove me from Online Community" in the subject line and we will do so. We hope you enjoy the Lasell Online Community experience! **• CALL TO SINGERS: Brought Back By Popular Demand! CALLING ALL FORMER ORPHEAN /LAMPLIGHTER/ Glee Club singers and anyone else who wants to sing. We invite you to join your classmates in the sing-a-long segment of the program at the Saturday evening concert with the New Philharmonia Orchestra on May 17, 2003, at 8:00 p.m. If you are interested, please call (617) 243-2139. Reunion Weekend, May 16-18, 2003 Reunion Coordinators for 2003 '28- -75th Alumni Office '33- -70th Alumni Office '38- -65th Arlene Wishart Sylvester '43- -60th Priscilla Spence Hall '48- -55th Judy Tracy Shanahan '53- -50th Elsie Knaus Klemt '58- -45th Betty Anderson Fairchild '63- -40th Karin Skooglund Bartow '68- -35th Cindy Rardin Crawford '73- -30th Jane Ferraro Klugman '78- -25th Libby Edwards de Verges '83- -20th Caroline Knoener-Skowronek '88- -15th Susan Scichilone Presti '93- -10th Tracey Provost Downs '98- -5th Urit Chaimovitz REUNION '03 All alumni are invited to attend Alumni Weekend '03, especially those whose graduation year ends in "8" or "3." For more info: http://lasell.planetalumni.com. Click on Reunions/Events. Or, call (617) 243-2139. Alumni Bulletin Board Contact the Alumni Affairs office at: 1884 Commonwealth Ave. Newton, MA 02466-2716 (617) 243-2139 or email us at email@example.com Where are our Alumni? We would like to increase atten- dance at various alumni events and look to you to offer suggestions and ideas about what you would like from your alma mater. We try to offer events that are social in nature, but also have an education- al component. Please share your thoughts by contacting us. fy Of SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES 17 LASELL VILLAGE <ew4\ Village Sponsors Series on Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle IT 1 ROM NOVEMBER, 2002 THROUGH MARCH, 2003, THE VILLAGE SPONSORED a series of programs called "Here's to Good Health: Tools for Well-Being" that focused on the multiple dimensions of health care and wellness in later life. "Through lectures, exhibits, and educational workshops, the series explored physio- logical changes and lifestyle topics with an emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, an active mind, and independent living for as long as possible," explained Village Dean Paula Panchuck. Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC-TV's medical editor, spoke at the inaugural lecture: "Health Care: Past, Present and Future." Other segments in the series focused on a wide variety of subjects including managing vision loss, ergonomics, nutrition, and spirituality and health. In addition, Dr. Lillian Glickman from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs spoke about challenges in long-term care. "We are always thinking about how we can make life for elders vital," says Dean Panchuck. "We want to learn how they learn and what accommodations need to be made for them. We also want to keep our residents updated on cur- rent health information that empowers them to make appropriate choices in their personal care." A highlight of the series was a conference titled "Elderlearning: New Par- adigms and Innovative Models," that was held on January 9 in de Witt Hall. Out- side speakers included Dr. Lois Lamdin, a writer and consultant in adult and nontraditional educa- tion, and Nancy Merz Nordstrom, director of the Elderhostel Institute Network Program which combines learning and travel. Dr. Lamdin spoke about retirement as the beginning of an intellectual journey. "For a long time," she explained, "no one paid attention to elder learners and why they were learning. But now, as we interview adult learners, we find that not only do they have an active intellect, but they also want to communicate about their learning. Professors Steven Bloom, Linda Bucci, and Joseph Aieta share a laugh with Villagers at the Elderlearning Conference. What we hear from them are statements such as "Learning is the most important thing in my life, it keeps me active.'" At the afternoon session of the conference, Professors Joseph Aieta, Steven Bloom and Linda Bucci spoke about their classroom perspectives on elder learning. "They are a committed group who have chosen to be in class, and learning is their goal," commented Steven Bloom. The conference and the entire series confirmed that curiosity and the maintenance of intellectual pursuits are char- acteristics of older learners. **• Villagers and Sixth Graders Share Spirited Book Discussions Ihe sounds of young voices and sneakered feet could be heard this February in the halls of the Village as a class of sixth graders from the Lincoln School in Brookline, MA arrived for the second of four book discussions. All the books are Newbury medal winners and are part of the students' curriculum. The Villagers who participate in these intergen- erational book talks, and who eagerly joined the students outside the Village ballroom, had all signed up this fall to be included in the sessions. "If s part of a project to research attitudes on aging" explained Dean Paula Panchuck, "the the- ory being that exposure adapts attitude. "In October, when the sixth graders responded to the sentence completion research question, T think older people are...,' some of the answers I received were: 'They're kind, wise, friendly and nice,' 'Older people are fun and cool!' and "They're serious, happy, jokers!' Clearly this group of 12 year olds has a very high opinion of elders, so I'm not sure how different their answers will be by the last session, but it will be interesting to see if there is a difference in their thinking," said Dean Panchuck. With enough Villagers, students, and teachers participating to form three separate groups, it took no time at all for discussions to begin. The February book was The Giver by Lois Lowry, a story that takes place in a con- trolled environment where memory doesn't exist and decisions are made externally for the characters. The issue of personal freedom concerned both students and Villagers alike who together agreed with a student who stated, "I think that in today's society we're being asked to give up a lot of our freedoms." "I can remember a time when you didn't need to lock your door," said Villager Harriet Kaplan. "Now, not only are we very careful about that, but we're videotaped in stores and even our con- versations can be monitored." "Here at the Village, we certainly live in a (Left to right) Lincoln School teacher Linda Pearlman joins Villagers Harriet Kaplan, Mollie Wilson, and Lillian Kaplan in a spirited discussion with her sixth grade class. controlled environment," continued Mollie Wilson. "Our meals are made for us, our paths are shov- eled, and our garbage is taken out, but unlike the book's characters, we can decide what we do or do not wish to participate in." As more thought-provoking questions were introduced, both generations continued to con- tribute and share their thoughts. Clearly everyone was enjoying the interaction, and when the group broke up, all were looking forward to the next two meetings. **• 18 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 LASELL VILLAGE <CW4i Former Congressman and Peace Activist Father Robert F. Drinan Addresses Lasell Village t* ATHER ROBERT F. DRINAN, S.J., A JESUIT PRIEST AND PROFESSOR OF LAW AT Georgetown University, spoke to a packed audience at Lasell Village on Sunday, February 16. His topic was, "A Preemptive Strike against Iraq: Will We Have a Better, Safer World?" The Lasell Villagers for Peace sponsored the talk. Father Drinan answered questions following the speech. Father Drinan served as a Democratic representative from Massachusetts in Congress from 1971 until 1981, when Pope John Paul II ordered him to choose between politics and the priesthood. An outspoken progressive in politics, Father Drinan had been elected in opposition to the war in Vietnam. He is the for- mer dean of Boston College Law School and a longtime peace activist. He has taught at Oxford University; at the law schools of the University of Colorado, the University of Michigan, New York University, Boston College, the University of Texas, Swarthmore College, and Andover-Newton Theological Seminary. Father Drinan remains a leading voice in the movement for human rights, and has served with People for the American Way, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Bread for the World, and the Council for a Livable World Educational Fund. He was a founding member of the Lawyers' Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control and the National Inter-religious Task Force on Soviet Jewry. He has also been an officer of Americans for Democratic Action, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. **■ SERIES ON BIRDS AT VILLAGE Jean Michael Petersen '39 and her son, Wayne Petersen, noted field ornithologist and co-author of Birds of New England. Peterson held a well- attended series of three lectures at the Village which he accompanied with beautiful slides. Throughout his career, he has led trips and tours, lectured, and conducted birding workshops across North America. CBS Early Show Features Lasell Village J\. VIDEO CREW FROM CBS-TV'S EARLY SHOW ARRIVED ON CAMPUS ON Thursday, September 19, to tape a segment on the unique living and learning retirement community at Lasell Village. The Village was featured on the CBS program on Friday, ®GBS September 27, because of its stature as the first- "When the fall term started this year and we went down to the bookstore to see what we would need, it was so exciting," Villager Helen Wasserman said into the camera. "I said to my husband, 'Look, isn't this wonderful? Here we are back in a college setting.'" "If I had opted to just play golf I would feel that I'm stagnating" responded husband Aaron Wasserman. "I would find that boring." "We don't have to take the finals and midterm exams," Helen Wasserman explained in the TV segment. "We do have to participate and we do sometimes have to write some papers." The voice-over in the segment says, "Helen Wasserman is taking a class this semester in Readings in Multicultural Literature. She says if s been very positive. At the last class they took, they had several students thank them for being in their class." "We have tapped into a groundswell of demand for a different kind of retiring," Presi- dent Tom de Witt told the video crew. "And to some extent, we did not know that. My instinct told me, T can't believe I want retire and do nothing.' "The difference between living here and living elsewhere is a respect for and interest in continu- ous learning and being engaged with young peo- ple," Dr. de Witt continued in the segment. "Our elderly will say one — they want the learning. They want the opportunity to learn, to do the things they've always wanted to do. Two — they of -its kind educational retirement community, do believe that they give something back." "Lasell's focus of 'living and learning' at Lasell Village is its defining characteristic," says Village Dean, Paula Panchuck. "Village residents are required to plan and satisfy a continued learning program as a condition of residency. Villagers SIXTY SEMINARY AVENUE complete a minimum of 450 hours of learning activity each calendar year — more than an hour a day — to the extent they are physically and intellectually able," she explains. Read the full transcript of the TV segment on the Lasell Village Web site, at http://www.lasellvillage.com. **• Scheduled for occupancy in April, the luxurious new Lasell Village building contains nine apartments as well as office space for the Center for Research on Aging. SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES 19 AIGN SUSTAINING LASELL'S MOMENTUM... THE $5 MILLION CAMPAIGN FOR BRAGDON It WAS 1851, THE TIME OF THE FIRST WORLD EXHIBITION IN LONDON, WHEN HERMAN Melville was crafting his now classic novel, Moby Dick, Verdi was composing his beloved opera Rigoletto in Venice, and Charles Darwin was studying the origin of the species. It was in this era of intense change, more than a century-and-a-half ago, that Lasell College was founded in an imposing building that stood high atop a hill overlooking the beautiful surroundings of Auburndale. THE BUILDING ON THE HILL The building, later named Bragdon Hall, in honor of Dr. Charles C. Bragdon, principal for 34 years, was the original College building — the home and classroom of many Lasell alumnae for whom the building came to symbolize their cher- ished memories of growth into adulthood at Lasell. Sadly, for all who knew and loved Bragdon, it had to be razed in 1973 because of irreversible, age-related structural problems. But Bragdon is rising again. Today, thanks to a $5 million mini-campaign recently launched by the College, the hill upon which Bragdon once stood has been reconfigured to serve as home for Bragdon II, a handsome 60-bed residence hall designed to sustain the College's aggressive investment in the academic infrastructure and support the ongoing growth in enrollment. AN AMBITIOUS, THREE-PART BUILDING PROJECT The "Campaign for Bragdon" represents Phase I of an ambitious three-part building project, vital in supporting the growth of Lasell. The site will eventually include a new campus center (with a coffeehouse, bookstore, post office, and meeting rooms for student organizations), as well as another 60-bed residence hall. It is the $5 million mini-campaign that will provide the financial resources necessary to build the new Bragdon. The Bragdon Hill Academic Quadrangle, when completed, will feature a beau- tifully landscaped outdoor meeting space as well as underground parking that will accommodate some 120 cars. To accomplish Lasell's goal of creating the new Bragdon, we ask for and depend on the collective generosity of loyal alumni and friends who in the past have guided us successfully through several dramatic and challenging periods of change. How much do wmi Toiw th« quiz — m $ft o UseJl sweatshirt . http://www.lasell.edu/ bragdon/html/quiz.html We invite you to join us in this exciting and institution-defining challenge. Please consider including a donation as part of your Lasell philanthropic priority for the next two years. To make your gift to the Campaign for Brag- don, or for more information about how you can participate, please call or email Cathy Black, Director of Campaign and Planned Giving, at (617) 243-2223 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go online to our secure server to make an online gift at: http://lasell.planetalumni.com. »- Message from the "Campaign for Bragdon" Chair and Director A.S WE HOPE YOU WILL AGREE, LASELL IS EXPERIENCING AN AMAZING period of growth in its history. New residence halls are being built, Taylor Field expanded, a Master of Science degree program was unveiled, and a Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies opened. Each contributes to a most promising future for this institution. But perhaps the greatest achievement of the last several years has been the remarkable growth in our student enrollment. For the first time in the history of the College, we have exceeded 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. As exciting as this is, it poses the question: Do we cap our growth or do we meet the challenge head on and develop a strategy to sustain this growth? We believe that the only choice is 1 I ^M ^k^^B^JV °\ ' the latter — to sustain this growth and strengthen our competitiveness. *fc A J 4, f ' ■. IhUbHI I The "Campaign for Bragdon" will help meet this challenge. Launched in October 2002, this $5 million ^ . , „ ., , *»«___*__ _*^ _. j mini-campaign will provide the financial resources for the new Bragdon, a 60-bed residence hall now under construction on the site of the former Bragdon Hall. Job loss, stock market volatility, and unrest in our world do not make our task of raising funds for this Campaign an easy one. However, you, our loyal donor community, have, once again, stepped up to the plate. To date, more than $700,000 in gifts and pledges as well as a phenomenal $1 million challenge gift from Joan and Bob Arnow have energized us and helped validate the fact that our Campaign goal is realistic and attainable. We hope that each of you will consider supporting the Campaign for Bragdon at as generous a level as possible. Come back to campus to witness first- hand the progress of the new Bragdon and see in person just how much a difference your philanthropy has and will make in the lives of present and future Lasell students. Chair Jean Sargent Lee '49 and Director of Campaign and Planned Giving Cathy Black. Most sincerely, jQaftt />(J&l. (ty&tU v-/ Jean Sargent Lee '49 Chair, Campaign for Bragdon Cathy Black Director of Campaign and Planned Giving 20 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 AIGN Campaign Gains Immediate Support from Extraordinarily Committed Alumni JL ASELL IS BLESSED BY HAVING LOYAL SUPPORTERS WITHIN ITS FOLD WHO ARE willing to take on leadership roles. When the Campaign for Bragdon was first announced, several alumni responded immediately and wanted to be among the first to spearhead the drive. JEAN MICHAEL PETERSEN '39 & CLINTON A. PETERSEN Jean Michael Petersen '39 and her husband Clint have given in numerous ways to the College and are now residents of Lasell Village. Over the years, Jean has taken on many leadership roles at Lasell. Currently a Corporator, she has also served as reunion agent for her 60th Reunion and became the first Library Patron and Honorary Chair of the Brennan Library Society in 1999. Although Jean was not a Bragdon resident while a student at Lasell, she did live there for a year after graduating. "I was a Home Manage- ment major and each year one graduate was selected to return to Lasell, live in Bragdon, and assist the dietician," Jean explains. "So, although I don't have memories of sharing experiences with a college roommate in Bragdon, I do have memories of the kitchen! I prepared foods, made up menus, cooked and shopped with Miss Root. I was terrified of her and her authori- tative ways, but I survived." When asked why she and her husband Clint were so willing to step forward and make one of the first donations to the Campaign for Bragdon, they wrote the following explanation: "Because we have lived near enough to observe, and marvel at, Lasell's decades of progress and remarkable accomplishments, we have been willing to support the momentum that will produce a "Bragdon II" on the site of the original venerable structure that seemed central to the small campus. We are now enjoying the pleasant features of life at Lasell Village and the role model it has become, so we look forward to the realization of another of Lasell's dreams." JOAN conradi Mclaughlin '59 A longstanding loyal alumna who has hosted events in her home and served on many different committees during the Sesquicentennial Celebra- tion, Joan Conradi McLaughlin '59 is currently an Overseer. Following are her thoughts on the importance of the Campaign for Bragdon: "I have enormous respect for Tom de Witt, his vision for Lasell, and his drive to make this vision a reality. When the Lasell 150 Campaign was announced, we all thought it was ambitious. However, the momentum was contagious and the original goal of $10 million was far exceeded. "Now with the Campaign for Bragdon there is a new challenge. The academic profile of the stu- dents who are choosing Lasell is strengthening and the number of applications is increasing. Without additional residence space, the College will not be able to continue its current growth. "I have a great love for Lasell and I am so pleased to be able to give back to the College. People are starting to take notice of Lasell and building Bragdon II is something that needs to be done now so that the College's future is assured." PELL B. KENNEDY '83 Since her gradation in 1983, Pell B. Kennedy has never let up in her support of the College and she currently serves as an Overseer. "As a 'younger' alum of Lasell, but still old enough to remember 'the good old days,' I am delighted to continue to help the College grow, search, and navigate its way through the 21st Century. "When I learned about the construction of Bragdon II, I was immediately excited. I believe one of the most important aspects of the well- rounded college experience is dormitory living and to be able to help provide some portion of that for students to come is a small but comfort- ing legacy. "Lasell has continued to amaze me in the inno- vative mustering of its resources. It was for me, in 1981-1983, the place I grew and the place I grew up in. If I can continue to feed, water, and, in this case, shelter the new students, then I've paid it forward, and thafs my goal in life. Con- tributing to the Bragdon Project is a very easy way for me to give back. "I hope that my classmates who feel the same way will consider this a worthwhile project also — I know you're out there." **- RECOGNITION DINNER AND DEDICATION CEREMONIES HIGHLIGHT OCTOBER 2002 October 20, 2002 a Day of Remembrances, Tributes, and Celebration at Lasell College 1 HE DAY BEGAN WITH THE DEDICATION CEREMONY OF HOLT HALL ON Seminary Avenue, named in memory of P. Lynn Kiefer Holt '61, trustee and chair of the Development Committee. Members of Lynn's family close friends, and classmates experi- enced a moving tribute to Lynn, featuring a champagne toast and the unveiling of a donor plaque in the entrance of the residence hall by President de Witt and Lynn's friend, Aurelie Cavallaro. Speaker Diane Austin, Dean of Student Life, eloquently stated, "We could not have chosen a more appropriate way in which to capture the essence of the vital, enthusiastic, active woman whose laughter we miss and whose memory we cherish." Dancing on the Spirit of Boston. In addition, the Wedeman Art Gallery, located in the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, was named in recognition of the generosity of Over- seer Harriet "Honey" Markham Wedeman '48 and her husband, Joe. Richard Bath, director and chair of the Lasell Institute of Fashion Technology, host- ed the ceremonies in the Yamawaki Auditorium, which included readings by David Blake and Patricia Coakley, and a cabaret performance by musician, Will McMillan. Upon the unveiling of a replica of the donor plaques located in the Gallery spaces, guests viewed the art exhibit "My Mother's Closer" by faculty member Lynn Blake. The day concluded with the annual Donor Recognition Dinner, on board the Spirit of Boston in Boston Harbor. Guests, all of whom demon- strated outstanding philanthropy to Lasell, enjoyed a buffet dinner, dancing, and tremendous views of the Boston skyline. **- President de Witt with Honey and Joe Wedeman. Left to right: Margaret Watkinson (Lynn's niece), President de Witt, Aurelie Cavallaro, and Jeanne Orcutt Brady '61 at the Holt Hall dedication. SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES 21 SPORTS NEWS Director of Athletics, Kristy Walter. Message from the Athletic Director 1 HE FALL SEASON WAS QUITE BUSY WITH A TOTAL OF 80 ATHLETES AND SIX TEAMS competing. All of the fall teams participate in the North Atlantic Conference and this season proved to be very successful for the Lasers of Lasell. The men's soccer team won the North Atlantic Conference Championship for the first time by defeating Castleton State College 1-0. The women's volleyball team finished the season first place in the conference, but dropped the Championship match to Mount Ida 3-2. The women's soccer team made it to the semi-finals of conference play, the field hockey team advanced to the quarterfinals, and the cross country team fared well at their conference meet. A lot of changes have been taking place in the North Atlantic Conference this year. The. North Atlantic Conference expanded this fall with the addition of Johnson State College and Vermont State College. Beginning with the fall of 2003, the conference will expand further to include Husson College, Thomas College, and the University of Farmington. This expansion brings the total num- ber of conference teams to 10 for the men and 13 for the women. The main goal of the conference at this time is to complete the requirements needed to become a NCAA "automatic bid" conference. This means that when a team wins the conference champi- onship, they will "automatically" qualify for the NCAA tournament. The requirements for this privilege include: • Being in a conference for two years • Having six active NCAA members • Sponsoring five championships for both men and women • Having at least seven teams competing in each championship The addition of these new members helps the NAC to fulfill the requirements for the automatic qualifier. At this time, the NAC is recognized as a voting conference and has begun the two-year waiting period that is required of each new confer- ence. The expansion of the conference has also increased the credibility of the conference and the visibility for all of the institutions involved. Soccer, basketball, field hockey, women's volley- ball, cross country, and softball teams compete in the NAC. The remaining varsity teams compete in sport-specific conferences that have already quali- fied for the automatic bid. Men's lacrosse competes in the Pilgrim League, women's lacrosse competes in the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA), and the men's volleyball team competes in the Northeast Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA). The spring season should prove to be successful too as the softball team looks to defend its confer- ence championship and both of the lacrosse teams look to contend for a position in the conference play-offs and the hopes of post season play. >*■ Sincerely, Kristy Walter Athletic Director Expert Coaching and Sports Psychology Keep Men's Basketball Team Focused W. HEN THIS YEAR'S MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM WALKED ONTO THE COURT, there was a focused glint in each player's eyes. To follow in the footsteps of last year's win- ning team, the first in Lasell history to receive a NCAA bid, was a huge challenge. "We lost a lot of our high scorers," said Head Coach Chris Harvey, "but this year's team made up for it with their hustle and determination." Not only did the team win the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship again, but they were also tapped for the second time in a row to play in the NCAA tournament. Harvey has three right hand men assisting him with the team. It is the third year he has been ably helped by Assistant Coach Reggie Hobbs and the second season he has worked with Assistant Coach Ryan Kilian. This year he brought Mitch Lyons on board. The founder of GetPsychedSports.org, a non-profit company, Lyons is using his sports psychology know-how to keep the Lasers in the mental groove that is required for excellence. "He was the missing piece for our team and he's keeping us ahead of the curve," said Harvey. Lyons has put together a written sport psychol- ogy curriculum that has been incorporated into the Lasell basketball program and has also been adopted by Newton North High School and Cathedral High School of Boston. "To do this it takes a coach who feels comfortable getting out of the familiar and who is willing to make adjust- ments to his or her program, and Harvey has made it happen here at Lasell," said Lyons. At the beginning of the season, Lyons ran a workshop for the team and distributed goal books to the players. "I concentrate on visualiza- tion skills, goal-setting, focus, and thought recog- nition. Giving your maximum effort is a skill, and people perform at their best when they feel good about themselves. If players recognize negative thoughts they can replace them. It's all about hav- ing the team concentrate on the mental skills required for excellence." "Confidence comes from being prepared," continued Lyons. "If the players ask themselves before every drill what they should be thinking about, it helps them to give 100 percent of their effort. We concentrate on the details and not the outcome. To get the ball, you must correctly come off the screen. To make a pass, ball fake first — details win games." The players bring in written goals every day before practice. "If s an example of discipline," explained Harvey, "and it gives the team a feel- ing of confidence. They know they've worked See EXPERT COACHING continued on page 23 Impassioined Head Coach Chris Harvey. Evans Cazeau '04, Mitch Lyons, and Michael Unwin '06 discuss plays. 22 LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2003 SPORTS NEWS Fall Sports 2002 Season in Review MEN'S SOCCER - NAC CHAMPIONS! OVERALL RECORD: 13-4-3 CONFERENCE RECORD: 5-1-0 "It was a team effort throughout the fall," said Coach Giovanni Pacini, and what a season it was! For the first time in Lasell history, the men's soc- cer team became North Atlantic Conference champions. The season began with three straight overtime losses, one of them to nationally fourth ranked Tufts University, but the team did not lose its footing, charging out of this initially frustrating streak and never looking back. Throughout the playoffs, the Lasers shut out all of their opponents. The championship match was a 1-0 cliffhanger against Castleton State College. The goal came on a penalty kick that was called when a Lasell player was taken down inside the box. Goalkeeper Graig Murphy '05 earned a shutout in all three tournament games and was named Tournament MVP. Lasell will be losing some outstanding seniors, including Anthony and Dean Scarsella, Michael Carr, and Bryan Silveira, but the team looks to 2003 with the goal of defending their championship. Matt Denham '05 goes after the ball with grit and determination. WOMEN'S SOCCER OVERALL RECORD: 11-6-1 CONFERENCE RECORD: 6-2 The women's soccer team had its most success- ful season to date and made it to the NAC semi- finals. They got there by shutting out Maine Maritime and then had to meet their conference rival, Mount Ida. In spite of an early score by Kim Jordan '05, Mount Ida took the lead before halftime and was able to hold onto it for the rest of the game. The Lasers received ranking for Division HI Women's Soccer Leaders, according to the stats in the NCAA January 20, 2003 News. Lasell had two players, Merina Andersen '06 and Ashley Matthews '05, who were named in the top 24 in points per game and the top 20 in goals per game. In addition, Lasell ranked 11th in the scoring offense in the top 15 Division HI Schools. Defensively for the team, first time player Britney Falite '03 stepped into the goal with about half of the year remaining. She played in 10 games and had 36 saves. Other honors throughout the season included Jamie Doron '05 and Kim Jordan '05 being named to the NAC All-Tournament team. The 2003 sea- son looks very promising. LASELL COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY OVERALL RECORD: 3-1 3 CONFERENCE RECORD: 2-7 The Lasers started their season by winning two conference games in Maine against Thomas and Husson College. Then they were hit with injuries and were unable to keep the streak going. "Our transition game wasn't working so we couldn't get the ball out of our end," says Coach Jessica King. "Finally we got healthy and started playing with more intensity. We came together as a team and in many instances the score didn't indicate how close the games were." There were several freshmen in this year's starting line-up, including Danielle Dorais, who was named NAC Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the the All-Conference Team. Meredith Brady '04, was placed on the second All-Confer- ence Team. Two seniors, Myya Beck and Becky Woodrick, who each played three years primarily on the defensive end, are graduating and will be much missed but with the rest of the team returning, the future looks bright. WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL OVERALL RECORD: 12-24 CONFERENCE RECORD: 6-1 The Lasers were denied in their quest for their third NAC Championship, but they finished sec- ond for the season, after losing to Mount Ida in the finals. The entire match was hard fought and very competitive on both sides of the net. The team was plagued with injuries during the regular season, but always played hard. Senior Janet Jennings was named NAC Player of the Week three times and had a record high of 338 kills for the season. Janet, Tanya Barbosa '04, and Wendy Riddle '06 were placed on the NAC All-Conference Team. Tanya had a record high of 479 digs for the season and Wendy had 340 assists on the year and was named NAC Rookie of the Year. Janet Jennings is the only senior on the team, so the Lasers promise to be in the fight for the championship again next year. LASELL COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY Both the men and women's teams saw improvements across the board for all the runners. They made a good showing at the ECAC meet with the women placing 29th and the men taking 36th. Both fields had more than 50 teams. Colleen Noonan '05 led the women with a time of 33:22 for the 6K course. The men ran an 8K course and James Martin '03 led the men with a time of 32:47. Graduating this year will be seniors Betsey Chominski, Lori Mabie, Daniel Hogan and Matt Staley. With the rest of the team returning, the Lasell team should be quick off the mark **• Congratulations to the 2002 Fall North Atlantic Conference All- Academic Team. These students have completed two years of varsity athletics and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. From left to right: Ryan Michelangelo '04, Soccer, Danielle Eid '04, Volleyball, Matt Staley '03, Cross Country, Allegra Deluca '05, Soccer, and Chris Hickey '04, Soccer. WBBs* '■:-,.>.. ...JmNhNMHSSR. EXPERT COACHING CONTINUED FROM PACE 22 hard, given it their all, and really deserve to win." On January 14th, the NCAA awarded the Lasers an honorable mention in the Top 10 Division III Colleges in New England. "I'm very pleased and proud," said Harvey. "We've done what we're supposed to do and if s a result of hard work, but now we have a target on our back. Everyone is going to be playing their 'A' game against us. "The team has been playing hard and the games have been physical. Several players have been sitting out at practice because of injuries. If s a tough time of the season," said Harvey, "but we're continuing to work on our skills. From here on in the team's effort is going to have to be extraordinary." With the help of this coaching team, the Lasers' work ethic was exceptionally strong this year, and they saw positive results because of it. They won 20 games in their regular sea- son, secured the NAC title, and made it to the NCAA tournament. Congratulations to all. **- They're off! SPRING 2003 LASELL LEAVES 23 SPORTS NEWS Lasell Lasers Bring Home NAC Championship Banners in Both Men's Soccer and Basketball! XT HAS BEEN ONLY FIVE YEARS SINCE LASELL BEGAN BOTH ITS MEN'S SOCCER and basketball programs and they have been steadily gaining recognition. This season, with the soccer team winning the NAC Championship for the first time and the basketball team winning for the second time, they are acknowledged forces to be dealt with. Congratulations to all the players and their coaches! A joyous soccer team celebrates after a close game that was won with a penalty kick. In the end, Lasell defeated Castleton State College in Vermont to caputure the NAC Championship. In a dramatic victory over Maine Maritime, the men's basketball team captured the NAC title and then proceeded to receive a second At-Large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. They traveled to Southern Vermont College on March 6, where, in spite of a last minute run, the Lasers lost by a slim three points. SPORTS NEWS AND LASELL COLLEGE ATHLETIC CALENDAR FOR SPRING 2003 Listings that appear in capital letters denote home games. Occasionally, due to weather, etc., dates and times may change. For confirmation, please check with the Athletics Department at (617) 243-2147. WOMEN'S LACROSSE 2003 APRIL 1 Tuesday @ Bridgewater State College 4:00 p.m. 5 Saturday WNEC* 12:00 p.m. 8 Tuesday BRYANT COLLEGE 3:30 p.m. 12 Saturday @ Salem State College* 3:30 p.m. 15 Tuesday @ Southern Maine University 3:30 p.m. 16 Wednesday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE* 4:00 p.m. 19 Saturday COLBY SAWYER COLLEGE 12:00 p.m. 22 Tuesday @ Curry College 3:00 p.m. 24 Thursday @ Elms College* 4:00 p.m. 26 Saturday @ Worcester State College* 11:00 a.m. 29 Tuesday EMERSON COLLEGE 4:00 p.m. MAY 1 NEWLA Tournament 3 NEWLA Tournament 'Indicates NEWLA Conference game Head Coach: Dana Czapnik MEN'S LACROSSE 2003 APRIL 1 Tuesday CLARK UNIVERSITY* 3:30 p.m. 5 Saturday @ Wheaton College* 1:00 p.m. 7 Monday MOUNT IDA COLLEGE 4:00 p.m. 10 Thursday DANIEL WEBSTER COLLEGE 4:00 p.m. 12 Saturday @ Western New England College* 12:00 p.m. 15 Tuesday @ Maine Maritime Academy* 2:00 p.m. 19 Saturday NORWICH UNIVERSITY* 3:00 p.m. 22 Tuesday MASS MARITIME ACADEMY* 4:00 p.m. 24 Thursday @ Salem State College 26 Saturday SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE* Indicates Pilgrim League conference game Head Coach: Tim Dunton (1st year) Assistant Coaches: Jeff Maciorowski (1st year) Daryl Goodwin (1st year) SOFTBALL 2003 3:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. APRIL 2 Wednesday LESLEY UNIVERSITY (2)* 3:00 p.m 3 Thursday ST JOSEPH'S (CT) (2) 3:00 p.m 5 Saturday @ Elms College (2)* 12:00/2:00 p.m 6 Sunday JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE (2)* 12:00 p.m 8 Tuesday @ UMass Boston (1) 3:30 p.m 11 Friday @ Curry College (2) 3:00 p.m 13 Sunday WHEELOCK COLLEGE (2)* 1:00 p.m 14 Monday BABSON COLLEGE (2) 3:30 p.m 16 Wednesday @ Becker College (2)* 3:30 p.m 18 Friday @ Bay Path College (2)* 3:00 p.m 22 Tuesday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE (2)* 2:00 p.m 25 Friday MOUNT IDA COLLEGE (2) k 4:00 p.m 30 Wednesday NAC Quarter-finals TBD TBD MAY 3 Saturday NAC Semi-finals TBD TBD 4 Sunday NAC Finals TBD TBD * Denotes North Atlantic Conference Game Head Coach: Bob McKinley (5th year) Assistant Coach: Tom DeFilippo (5th year) LASELL COLLEGE SPRING 2003 © 2003, Lasell College. 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